Georges St-Pierre was one of the loudest advocates for more stringent drug testing regimes in mixed martial arts during his latter years in the sport, but even he can see the lunacy in the five-year suspension the Nevada Athletic Commission handed down last month to his former rival, Nick Diaz.
“Personally, I think five years is too much,” St-Pierre told Canadian outlet RDS. “Especially when you think about Anderson Silva and other guys who were doping and received a lighter suspension compared to [Diaz].
“I think they wanted to make an example out of him to send a message because he’s a colorful character who talks a lot and makes a lot of noise. They wanted to make an example out of him like they did in the Olympics with Marion Jones, for example. Unfortunately, it fell on him, but I think everyone is entitled to a second chance.”
Diaz, 32, was suspended five years by the NAC after testing over the limits for marijuana metabolites in a UFC 183 post-fight drug screening. The test in question was one of three screenings conducted over a window of a few hours, and was also the only test to ….View original article