LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended UFC welterweight Nick Diaz for five years on Monday because of the third marijuana-related offense of his career.
The NSAC discussed banning Diaz, 32, for life before settling on five years. NSAC commissioner Skip Avansino acknowledged during deliberations a five-year ban is essentially "a lifetime for (Diaz)."Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites following a unanimous decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31.
The circumstances of the failed test were unique in that Diaz passed two additional tests within the same time frame. The NSAC elected to punish Diaz based on the one failed test. Diaz (26-9) appeared before the NSAC in person but declined to answer any of the commission's questions. Commissioner Pat Lundvall forced Diaz to verbally plead the fifth after each of her questions, which ran to approximately 30.
Lucas Middlebrook, Diaz's lead attorney, told ESPN.com he will appeal the suspension in Nevada court. In addition to the suspension, the NSAC fined Diaz 33 percent of his $500,000 fight purse.
By Brett Okamato - ESPN/Sept. 14, 2015
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