Diego Sanchez has gone on the record about his failed drug test after UFC Fight Night 7 in December. Here’s a quote from Diego and commentary from Steve Sievert from Brawl Sports:
The CSAC [California State Athletic Comission] said it didn’t make the failed test public because no one asked. The flunked test also was conspicuously absent from the UFC Web site, despite the fact that other drug test results (most notably, those of Stephan Bonnar and Thiago Alves) were posted on the popular site.
Was the UFC trying to keep one of its most marketable stars — especially one who can connect with Latinos capable of driving huge fan growth in the sport — out of the fray?
I’ll leave that for you to decide.
What I want to know is does Sanchez have a substance-abuse problem and could it derail his promising career?
“Definitely not. It was a one-time thing, and it’s just something that happened. What can I say? There’s no excuses for it. It happened. It won’t happen again.”
With mixed martial arts still very much under a magnifying glass in the eyes of U.S. lawmakers and regulators, mixed martial artists certainly don’t need to develop reputations as the potheads of combat sports.
With a win tomorrow at UFC 69 over Josh Koscheck Sanchez can quell some critics but this drug test will undoubtedly hang over the undefeated fighters head at least through his next few fights.