Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana following his loss to Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC 143 this past Saturday in Las Vegas, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced on Thursday.
The positive test is seemingly why plans were scrapped for an immediate rematch between Diaz and Condit, who edged Diaz by unanimous decision to take home the interim UFC welterweight title and earn a shot at champion Georges St-Pierre. UFC President Dana White said Tuesday night that Condit had agreed to the rematch Diaz’s camp wanted, but by Wednesday the rematch was off.
“I am beyond disappointed that he tested positive for marijuana,” UFC President Dana White said in a statement. “It is now in the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.”
According to NSAC executive director Keith Kizer, 18 of the 22 fighters in action at UFC 143 were tested and Diaz was the only one to test positive, though not all the tests have been returned.
Diaz can appeal the test, but will face disciplinary action, likely including a fine and suspension, if the result stands. Diaz may face tougher penalties as a second-time offender, as he also tested positive for marijuana in Nevada after his upset of Takanori Gomi in PRIDE in February 2007, which resulted in the fighting being changed to a no contest and Diaz receiving a six month suspension and fine.