On Monday, a day that will forever be remembered by mixed martial arts fans, the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously voted to hand Nick Diaz a five-year suspension for testing positive for a marijuana metabolites during a UFC 183 drug test.

For Diaz (26-10), this marked the third time he has failed his post fight drug test, all of which he tested positive for marijuana metabolites. Diaz had previously tested positive following his 2007 win over Takanori Gomi and again following his 2012 loss to Carlos Condit.

Commissioners Pat Lundvall and Francisco Aguilar initilaly initially sought a lifetime ban due to Diaz’s two previous positive tesst, his decision not to show up for a previous pre-fight test and his role in the infamous 2010 brawl in Nashville during a Strikeforce event. However, their fellow commissioners Anthony Marnell and Raymond “Skip” Avansino felt the lifetime ban for marijunan was excessing, leading to them dropping their sentence to five years.

Diaz was also fined $165,000, 30-perfect of his $500,000 purse.

The Stockton native had lost a unanimous decision to Anderson Silva at UFC 183. However, it was eventually overturned to a No Contest after Silva tested positive for banned substances drostanolone and androsterone.


Per ESPN, Diaz’s attorney Lucas Middlebrook informed members of media in attendance that his client plans to appeal the commission’s decision.


ESPN has released the following video of Diaz’s immediate reaction to the NSAC ruling. Warning: NSFW Language.

The MMA Corner will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds.

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