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Lawyer contends Nick Diaz innocent of violating NSAC policy

It’s been awhile since fans have gotten an update regarding UFC welterweight Nick Diaz’s status pertaining to a failed drug test in Nevada possibly resulting in disciplinary action against the polarizing pugilist. As many know, shortly after losing a closely contested decision to Carlos Condit it was revealed Diaz’s sample had shown “marijuana metabolites” in his system indicating he’d smoked pot leading up to the bout.

While Diaz has never hidden his use of cannabis, he typically tests clean by abstaining from it for the final period leading up to a bout. However, according to a statement Diaz’s lawyer submitted to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the 28-year old may not even need to go that far based on the way the NSAC policy is written.

‘Nick Diaz is an authorized medical marijuana patient,” began Ross Goodman in the document (per MMAWeekly). “As such, he did not test positive for marijuana (which is viewed as a prohibited substance if used without a medical marijuana license). Rather, Mr. Diaz tested for the presence of the inactive metabolite of marijuana known as THC-Carboxylic Acid. Under Nevada law and in Mr. Diaz’s home state of California, however, neither marijuana nor marijuana metabolite is considered a prohibited substance for users of medical marijuana.”

“Marijuana consumption (done) ‘out of competition’ and marijuana metabolites in general, such as the detection of Carboxylic Acid in Mr. Diaz’s post fight urine test, do not violate the policy prohibiting substances that are considered performance enhancing or potentially dangerous,” Goodman continued, making a convincing case against the notion of Diaz being disciplined under the current circumstances.

Up next, Diaz’s camp will have to wait while the NSAC reviews the six-page submission with a meeting to address the matter possibly taking place in April.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    Read the article yesterday on twitter, was waiting for an article here. I’m curious why it took so long for them to get a lawyer to release a statement.

  • Lord Faust says:

    I really hope Diaz isn’t suspended. When he comes to his senses he will realise he’s a polarizing fighter; fun to watch; and, actually, pretty damn good at fighting. The less time he’s out for legal reasons the better.

    I’m not going to rehash the debate we’ve already had, but I will go on record saying I would like to see Diaz fight again. Interviews, or mic work in general, not so much.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I think Diaz himself cares about as much about this as I do…

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Agree or not if you have a perscription for something it should not be a punishable offense to have it show up on a drug test.

    Sounds like they had to really look hard to find traces of THC. Not like he blazed a phat one on way to cage.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    If the guy could lay off weed for a month we wouldn’t have to keep revisiting this tired discussion/debate.

    Nick: The UFC provides you an avenue to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight other homies. In return, you lay off weed for a few weeks and show up to a few press conferences to help promote the organization signing your checks.

    Seems like a pretty reasonable tradeoff.

    I don’t give a shit about the rest of the fancy-shmancy lawyer speak.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Its funny how.diaz complained about money to get into the ufc and rampage is crying and hes been here for years. I hope diaz grts to fight again we cant depend on all these tuf prospect to be as good as the old school fighters like randy couture and a couple others.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Now we all know the retirement talk is BS, if he was going to leave the UFC he has a no compete clause so he take his suspension and sits out the clause then moves to boxing, but in fighting this I think he is coming back and sooner rather than later.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Yeah its funny that Arlovski, Sylvia, Werdum, Hendo and Couture complained about money whilst leaving or trying to and Diaz complains about it to get in. Things have changed now that there are no viable options.
    Imagine signing up for a job as a plumber and in the contract it said if you dont like it here you cant leave or be any sort of a tradesman anywhere else for 5 years. Sound fair? You also had to sign over part of your ability to make money for life. Real fair.

  • Sykotick says:

    Well, randy, Arlovski, Page and all them can suck one if they whine about money. They can afford to retire at 40, the average person retires at 60-65 and eats cat food for a couple of years.
    As for the “unfair” non-compete cause, well guess what bro, EVERY MAJOR company with wells known employees has them, OCC, also known as, Orange Country Choppers has one for their mechanics.
    Maybe instead of complaining about crap that is standard for most major businesses you should look into it.
    As for the likeness rights, anytime your likeness is USED for profit, you get part of that money, they’re alled royalties, just sayin.
    And might I add, you mentioned Couture, Hendo, Arlovski, Sylvia, and Werdum left cuz of the money or tried to. Ask ANY of them how many times they missed a payment on their car note or had their power cut cause of lack of money, cuz you know, since the money is so bad, they MUST be struggling to pay their bills.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Imagine signing up for a job as a plumber and in the contract it said if you dont like it here you cant leave or be any sort of a tradesman anywhere else for 5 years. Sound fair?

    Depending on where you live, non-compete clauses exist for trades. They’re more enforceable in some places, others they aren’t.

    Otherwise speaking, your comparison doesn’t have much merit.

    I have no respect for someone who signs a contract and then cries foul. Either you didn’t understand what you signed, or your word is worth squat.

    As for it being “unfair” that the UFC is the only big game in town. Tough. You could make that argument about MLB, NFL, and the NBA. Welcome to capitalism.

  • Angry Mike says:

    If fighters are so upset about non-competes, maybe they should find another line of work. They have choices other than fighting, and if they don’t like the business side of fighting they should make another choice. A few years as a cubicle dwelling wage slave might give them another perspective.


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