There may be some fighters and fans who agree with the Nevada Commission’s decision to suspend Nick Diaz for five years, but a lot of high profile names continue to blast the move.
If you’ve been out of civilization this week, then you may not have heard that Diaz was handed a five year suspension, as a result of testing positive for marijuana earlier this year. It marked the third time the star has tested positive for weed.
After the announcement, plenty of fighters spoke out against the lengthy suspension, including Ronda Rousey, who said the ruling isn’t fair. On the latest episode of “UFC Tonight“, here is what retired fighter and commentator Kenny Florian had to say about it (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“It came across as vindictive. With the new rules, it should have been a three-year suspension. It’s absolutely ridiculous, Anderson Silva tested positive for steroids and he’s training right now for his next fight. I’m not saying Nick shouldn’t get penalized, but this is too much. More fighters will be hesitant to fight in Nevada now.”
This seems to be the general consensus no? Either that, or people don’t believe Diaz should be suspended at all; the argument being that weed isn’t a PED, and that the fighter is medically licensed to use marijuana in his home state of California.
Diaz has fought just once since 2013, as he was decisioned by Anderson Silva this past January. The bout was overturned to a no-contest after Silva tested positive for PEDs and was suspended for a year (as Florian referred to).
The 32 year-old’s legal team has already said they plan to appeal the Nevada Commission’s decision.