As suspected, Nick Diaz’s UFC 143 drug test came back positive for ‘marijuana metabolites.’ NSAC head Keith Kizer made the announcement last night, and it sounds like Nick is in line for a year long suspension and a hefty fine. This isn’t the first time he’s tested positive after a fight – his THC levels were so high after the Gomi PRIDE fight that commissioners determined he was actually straight up stoned in the ring.
That incident saw Nick benched for 6 months and fined 20% of his $15,000 purse – or $3000 to yous that can’t math so good. Worse still, they overturned his totally sweet gogoplata submission win and ruled the fight a no contest. This time the worst punishment – other than the loss of a big money Condit rematch and the eventual GSP scrap – will probably be the financial hit. 20% of $200,000 is $40,000, and there is a good chance the fine will be higher because this is Nick’s second identical offense in Nevada.
The NSAC pulled the curtain back a little on their weed policy when Nick tested positive in 2007 and showed how a positive test comes to be. While a positive THC test is technically anything above 15, the NSAC doesn’t do anything unless the test number is above 50. When he fought Gomi, Nick tested positive with a whopping 175. I’m looking forward to hearing what kinda numbers he posted this time. That’ll tell us whether he just didn’t get off the reefer in time or if he was smoking that sticky icky like a fiend right up to the fight. That would have been something for the Primetime specials, wouldn’t it?