One of the UFC’s top welterweights and most known fighters, Diego Sanchez, tested positive for marijuana after UFC Fight Night 7 in Miramar in December. Here’s the news from the Orange County Register:
“UFC welterweight contender Diego Sanchez tested positive for marijuana after his first-round KO over Joe Riggs on Dec.13 at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. Armando Garcia, the executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission, said Sanchez paid a $500 fine and served a three-month suspension, so he has been cleared to fight Josh Koscheck at UFC 69 on April7 in Houston.”
In this case I have to say tghe punishment does fit the crime. Marijuana has no positive effects in regards to fighting or training and can actually impair one’s abilities to detect pain putting the offender in danger. The $500 ammounts to very little nor does the time off but the fact that the drug does little to benefit the fighter makes this punishment fair in my opinion.
Earlier this month UFC veteran and current PRIDE fighter Nick Diaz also tested positive for marijuana.
It is surprising to note that it took a complete 3 months for news to even surface of the failed test.