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Nick Diaz gets 12-month suspension, fine for positive drug test

Welterweight Nick Diaz appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday to learn his fate following a positive test for marijuana after his UFC 143 title tilt with Carlos Condit.

Despite a number of attempts by Diaz’s lawyer to have the positive test result disregarded, the NSAC handed out a year-long suspension and a fine equating to 30 percent of his show purse, or $60,000.

This is the second time in Diaz’s career that he has failed a test in Nevada for marijuana use, having previously had a victory over Takanori Gomi overturned in 2007.

Diaz can apply for a new license on Feb. 4, 2013.

Chael Sonnen granted therapeutic use exemption for UFC 148

Middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen also appeared before the NSAC on Monday to apply for a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy.

The last time Sonnen fought current champion Anderson Silva, his post-fight drug test revealed a testosterone ratio on nearly 17:1, which is nearly three times the limit allowed Nevada.

However, the NSAC granted Sonnen’s request under the condition that he must pass a post-fight blood test at his own expense.

UFC 148 takes place on July 7 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Shane Carwin expects full bill of health this week

Former heavyweight title challenger Shane Carwin believes he will gain full medical clearance this week and resume his UFC career in the near future.

Carwin appeared on HDNet’s Inside MMA and declared, “I think it’s 100 percent that I’ll be cleared.”

The Colorado native has been out of action since UFC 131 following back surgery.

Source: Inside MMA

Mike Easton now meets Ivan Menjivar at UFC 148

With Renan Barao moving up to take on Urijah Faber for the interim bantamweight title on July 7, Ivan Menjivar was without an opponent.

That problem has been resolved as he will now take on the 12-1 Mike Easton at the event.

The shuffle was prompted by current champion Dominick Cruz suffering and ACL tear earlier this month. He is expected to be out at least nine months after surgery.

Source: UFC

Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final salaries

The fighter salaries from Saturday’s Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final have been released the California State Athletic Commission.

The event saw Daniel Cormier capture the Grand Prix title by defeating Josh Barnett, while lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez defended his belt against Josh Thomson.

The following figures do not include any undisclosed bonuses paid by the promoter, sponsors, etc.

Daniel Cormier: $100,000 (includes $ 50,000 win bonus) def. Josh Barnett: $200,000
Gilbert Melendez: $ 175,000 (no win bonus) def. Josh Thomson: $90,000
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus) def. Mike Kyle: $25,000
Chris Spang: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Nah-Shon Burrell: $7,000
Isaac Vallie–Flagg: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante: $18,000
Carlos Inocente: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Virgil Zwicker: $3,000
Gian Villante: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Derrick Mehman: $3,000
Quinn Mulhern: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Yuri Villefort: $2,500
Bobby Green: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. James Terry: $9,000

Total disclosed payroll: $768,500

Source: MMA Weekly

Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final suspensions

Medical suspensions for the Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final have been announced. The event took place from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and aired live on Showtime and Showtime Extreme.

  • Daniel Cormier: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible right middle finger fracture. Also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for left eyelid laceration.
  • Josh Barnett: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left hand fracture. Also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for multiple facial lacerations.
  • Josh Thomson: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left knee fracture and possible right hand fracture.
  • Gesias Cavalcante: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left shoulder ligament injury.
  • Gian Villante: Suspended 180 days or until clear by physician for possible left middle finger fracture. Also suspended 30 days for hard bout.
  • Yuri Villefort: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible right knee ligament injury.
  • Bobby Green: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture on left ring finger.
  • Isaac Vallie-Flagg: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for one-inch laceration for right south-orbital area.
  • James Terry: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for possible nasal fracture and laceration.
Source: MMA Junkie

The Ultimate Fighter: Live ratings

This past Friday’s episode of TUF had the smallest total audience of the season with 821,000 viewers.

The one-hour episode featured two quarterfinal bouts with Team Cruz’s Vinc Pichel and Team Faber’s Al Iaquinta advancing to the semifinals.

Source: MMA Junkie

Photo: Nick Diaz (Rob Tatum/Bleacher Report)

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