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When Nick Diaz was called before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in September for testing positive for marijuana, MMA fans familiar with the antics and attitude of the most powerful state body in the sport expected a harsh sentence. Nick had popped for this particular “banned substance” before, so some kind of fine and appropriate suspension was sure to follow.
What did follow, however, was the absolute ridiculous ire of Commissioner Pat Lundvall, and an extreme and unprecedented 5-year suspension for MMA’s favorite badboy.
Everyone was watching on Fight Pass, which the UFC goes to great length to broadcast in order to provide more transparency from the quasi-legal governing body of all things combat sports in Nevada. At the end of what seemed like the longest witch-hunt in its history, the NSAC fined Nick $165,000 in addition to his suspension.
The world took a collective sigh of frustration, and then everyone started going in. Fellow UFC fighters showed support by claiming they would never fight in Nevada as long as the suspension stood, and the sports biggest stars made sure to tell the media how they felt. Even Cher got in the mix.
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