After the Nevada State Athletic Commission stunned the MMA world by announcing it has suspended Nick Diaz for five years, it didn’t take long for the outspoken fighter to blast the organization.
As you’ve likely heard by now, Diaz was suspended for five years and fined $165,000 on Monday, after testing positive for marijuana earlier this year. The positive test for marijuana was the third of Diaz’s career, but no one thought the NSAC would send the talented fighter to the sidelines for five years…
Not long after the NSAC announced its decision, Diaz spoke with the media outside, and the 32 year-old went off on the commission. If you’ve followed Diaz at all, you shouldn’t be surprised. Here is just some of what he had to say (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“Those people are nothing but a bunch of crooks up there. The reason why I became a fighter, on top of a handful of reasons, was so that I don’t have to break the law. People around me in my community, people I know, they don’t have to break the law either. We even did a lot of good. They got me in here sweating bullets in a freaking court room with my lawyers because they all think I’m going to flip out and do something really nuts like I was about this close to doing. I just think that it’s bullsh-t. I’ll fight anybody in this whole sport. I’ll beat everybody that – I’ve already beat guys that are on the top right now. This is the sort of reason that people don’t understand that I’m the best fighter in the world. They don’t understand that.”
Diaz’s legal team has already said the fighter will appeal the decision, so if you’re a big fan of the former Strikeforce champ, obviously you’re hoping that succeeds. Regardless of where you come in on the suspension, in terms of whether it”s heavy handed or not, its extremely unfortunate that we won’t be seeing Diaz fight again any time soon.
It’s also worth noting that Anderson Silva, who decisioned Diaz at UFC 183, received a one year suspension for testing positive for PEDs following the bout.
Five years…still pretty hard to believe.