For the third time in his professional mixed martial arts career, Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana metabolites.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced the news on Tuesday after their test results revealed Diaz, who suffered a decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Saturday, had more than the allowed maximum of 150 nanograms of the metabolites in his system.

As a result the Stockton native will face a temporary suspension and will have to appear before the NSAC if has any hopes of fighting again.

Diaz had previously tested positive following his 2007 win over Takanori Gomi and again following his 2012 loss to Carlos Condit.

The UFC released the following statemtn in wake of the test results:

“The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, Nev. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. As a result of his positive test, Diaz has been informed that he has violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC organization will fully respect the Commission’s final decision relating to Diaz at a disciplinary hearing set for February 17.”

It should be noted Silva also failed a drug test administered to him by the NSAC, testing positive the banned substances drostanolone and androsterone.

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