Back in early March news broke that UFC vet Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana following his win over Takanori Gomi at Pride 33 throwing his upset win into question. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has changed the result of the fight to no contest as a result. MMAWeekly.com reports that Diaz was fined $3000 and suspended for 6 months, although the suspension is negligible given Diaz was out of action due to an injury he suffered during the fight. August 24, 2007 is his release date from both the medical and NSAC suspensions. Here’s part of the article discussing the positive result:
Apparently, the commission felt that the level for which Diaz tested at, 175, was a considering factor in his performance during the fight. Dr. Tony Alamo, the Commission’s Chair, said that a result of 15 is considered positive, but that the NSAC has a threshold of 50 to test positive for THC and that they “feel very comfortable that everyone that tests positive [in Nevada] is truly positive.”
Alamo went on to say, “Mr. Diaz was 175. This creates a unique situation. I was there at this fight and believe that you were intoxicated and… that it made you numb to the pain. Did it help you win? I think it did.”
This is definitely an interesting case as it is one of the first MMA fights I remember where the result was changed as a direct result of recreational drug usage and its supposed benefits to fighters. I am not going to really weigh in on the specifics of the issue simply because I don’t know enough about it but it is a touchy subject in MMA-circles to be sure.