Updated 11:19 AM EST, Fri, Feb 26, 2021

UFC's Nick Diaz Suspended by NAC for 5 Years After Failed Drug Test

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It's a long five-year suspension for UFC's Nick Diaz after the Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled against him for failing a marijuana drug test last January.

Yahoo Sports reported that the decision came as a shock to Diaz, who was not really expecting the peril of waiting for five years before he can fight again.

NSAC chair Francisco Aguilar and commission members Skip Avansino, Pat Lundvall and Anthony A. Marnell III reportedly gave a unanimous vote to suspend Diaz for five years and fine him 33 percent of the $500,000 he earned during his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183.

This was even considered as a lighter punishment as commission member Lundvall suggested a lifetime suspension.

In trying to defend Diaz, legal counsel Lucas Middlebrook said two of the three fight-night tests of Diaz returned negative while the positive test came from a non-World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory.

But the NSAC still backed their decision noting that they have been tapping other laboratories to conduct tests like this.

"I think we do have a positive test today. It's not up to the standard as many would judge professional elite athletes and the WADA standard, but it is a standard we have employed and we have utilized throughout time. And I think we will continue to do so," Aguilar explained.

In addition, ESPN said that Diaz was present when the commission handed out their decision, but he did not answer any of their 30 questions pleading the Fifth Amendment.

But in an interview with members of the media, Diaz said that he was not happy with the commission's decision.

"I'm pretty pissed. I got into this sport for this exact reason, being stuck in a room with people like that," he was quoted by ESPN as saying.

Diaz added that he even wanted to tell the NSAC that they a group of "dorks."

"I wanted to tell them what I think. I wanted to tell each and every one of them they're a bunch of dorks. Everybody who sees them or knows who they are should tell them that. I would if it weren't for my experts advising me to keep my mouth shut. I wanted to get up and say, 'Look. You guys are way the f--- out of line,'" the UFC fighter added.

In a separate interview with MMA Fighting, Diaz opened up that he has been on medication since he was young because he had to deal with classmates and even teachers who made fun of him because of his condition.

 "That's fucked up. You don't know what that does to someone. I wanted to beat up everyone in a class, even the girls who would say something like, 'What's wrong? You didn't take your medication?'" he recounted.

He added that he is really upset with the decision to suspend him for five years since he will not be able to earn any money for a long time.

Meanwhile, Middlebrook said that they will appeal Diaz's suspension saying that the NSAC's decision was not based on facts nor evidence.

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