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UFC: Nick Diaz suspended 5 years for testing positive for marijuana metabolites

Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz
Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz

UFC middleweight fighter Nick Diaz was handed a 5-year suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission this Monday.

The decision addressed Diaz testing positive for marijuana metabolites after his UFC 183 fight against Anderson Silva, on January 31.

The decision came after a 3+ hours hearing where Diaz pleaded the 5th Amendment and kept his silence before the members of the NAC.

One of the commissioners, Pat Lundvall, even proposed a lifetime ban for Diaz for his repeated positive results for marijuana.

Diaz was also fined in 30% of his $500,000 fight purse for the positive test.

Anderson Silva also tested positive after UFC 183 and received a 1-year suspension for the presence of Drostanolone metabolites after a hearing on August 13.

In his defense, the Brazilian argued that sexual performance enhancing drugs were to blame for the positive result.

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