By Oscar Pascual |
MMA fighter Nick Diaz faces a lengthy suspension for failing yet another drug test, despite asking for a waiver for cannabis use.
Prior to his fight against Anderson Silva at the UFC 183 event in January, Diaz’s manager, Lloyd Pierson, inquired about the possibility of obtaining an exemption from the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes to the legal representative of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Nevada Deputy Attorney General Chris Eccles, reports. MMAJunkie.
Pierson made the investigation after reportedly admitting that the fighter had a hard time passing several drug tests at the UFC’s office. Diaz eventually submitted a clean pre-fight test, though a failed post-fight test would show Diaz was fighting with 300 nanograms per milliliter of cannabis in his bloodstream — exactly twice the amount of the NSAC-mandated 150ng/ML- limit. It would eventually become Diaz’s third failed marijuana drug test.
While the NSAC is already in possession of one of Diaz’s failed drug tests, officials have filed a subpoena against the fighter to produce results of tests not conducted by their committee, arguing that the past UFC tests prove that Diaz used marijuana and lied about it on pre-fight medical paperwork.
“Diaz didn’t file his application until January 28, just three days before the game,” wrote Chris Eccles, Nevada’s deputy attorney general. “Why did he wait so long to apply for a license for the biggest fight of his life? The answer is simple: because he failed the required urine test.”
Diaz’s representatives say they were confident that the tests they did under the authority of the UFC would not be made public.
“Through its representative, UFC assured Mr. Pierson – and thus Mr. Diaz – that all UFC-regulated non-competitive urine sample collections, tests, and associated results would be strictly confidential and would not be disclosed unless Mr. Diaz agreed. different,” Diaz’s lawyers wrote.
“Disclosure of such tests could negatively affect his professional reputation and hurt his income,” the lawyer added. “In addition, the Committee has no claim to such tests that were out of competition, conducted using collection procedures and testing methodology that are not in accordance with applicable WADA standards, and conducted by Mr. Diaz was confident that they would remain confidential. ”
The NSAC has yet to rule on Diaz’s motion.
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