On Tuesday, the Nevada Athletic Commission reduced Nick Diaz’s suspension from five years to 18 months and a $100,000 fine retroactive to Jan. 31, 2015. Diaz will be able to fight as early as Aug. 1.
When the news came out, fans and media were happy to see Diaz’s suspension time get knocked down when the NAC in September inexplicably suspended him five years and fined him $165,000.
We shouldn’t be happy with the result, though. The NAC should have done the right thing, wiped Diaz’s suspension clean and make him eligible to fight again immediately.
In the 2015 hearing, the commission, especially Pat Lundvall, decided they wanted to be the stars of the hearing instead of doing their job. Diaz passed two drugs tests administered by the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory (SMRTL) and failed a test for marijuana administered by Quest Diagnostics, which isn’t WADA accredited. Marijuana is in fact on WADA’s prohibited substance list, but the NAC didn’t follow WADA’s testing code, looked past that important fact and followed Quest’s finding, as they deemed them reliable despite the organization not being accredited.
Diaz’s attorney, Lucas Middlebrook, was aggressive in his defense and had the commission on the ropes and instantly poked holes in their case and continued to do so throughout the hearing. The commission was dismissive of Middlebrook’s claims, instead focusing of the belief that Diaz failed a test for the third time since 2007 and invoking his fifth amendment right 24 times when asked questions by Lundvall.
But the commission decided to give Diaz a life sentence because they felt threatened by Middlebrook’s competency, something they were not faced with during his UFC 183 opponent Anderson Silva’s hearing a month prior.
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