NSAC Changes Diaz Win to No-Decision
The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday changed the result
of Nick Diaz's (Pictures) gogoplata victory over Takanori Gomi (Pictures) to a no-decision after it deemed
that the use of marijuana aided in the Californian's Feb. 24 win
over the PRIDE champion, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer
confirmed to Sherdog.com.
Diaz's license was suspended six months, retroactive to the date of
the fight, and he was fined $3,000, a sum equivalent to 20 percent
of his purse.
According to MMAweekly.com, NSAC commission chairman Dr. Tony Alamo
stated during Tuesday's hearing in Las Vegas that Diaz's
Delta-9-THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) reading was an
off-the-charts 175. A test is considered positive when THC levels
broach 15, while Nevada holds its standard at 50.
"This creates a unique situation," expressed Alamo.
"I was there at this fight and believe that you were intoxicated,
and that it made you numb to the pain," Alamo told Diaz, who was
present. "Did it help you win? I think it did."
"I wasn't under the influence when I was fighting," Diaz responded.
"I don't abuse drugs normally; it was a one-time thing. It was very
embarrassing for me to test positive."
During an interview on the Sherdog Radio Network's "Beatdown,"
Diaz's manager Cesar
Gracie (Pictures) questioned the NSAC's decision to
change the fight result when it has not done so in previous
"performance enhancement" related suspensions.
"Tim Sylvia (Pictures) kept his win when he tested
positive for steroids, and because Nick tested positive for pot
they're going to take his victory away, fine him $3,000 and suspend
him for half of the year?" said Gracie. "I mean I think they just
shot themselves in the foot. They didn't shoot Nick in the foot.
They look like idiots out there."
In fact the NSAC has changed a result once before, after it amended
regulation in December 2005 to allow for such a
ruling. Following a positive test for methamphetamine stemming from
a Nov. 2006 fight, boxer Omar Nino's majority draw with Brian
Viloria was changed to a no-decision, Kizer said.
"Gomi is a great opponent, he's really tough," said Gracie. "You
don't want to go in there high against a guy. You can't think,
focus and react quickly. Obviously Nick won the fight. They were
saying, ‘well you were going to tapout if you weren't on pot.' What
was he going to tapout to? Nothing. Obviously they haven't seen
Nick fight. When he's tested negative, when he's getting his head
beat in, he keeps fighting. The guy's a warrior. For them to tell
this kid, who is the main bread winner in his whole household, ‘you
cannot fight anywhere in the world for six months, give us this
much money and, by the way, it's a [no-decision],' it's more than
Draconian, what they did."
Suspensions and fines were also handed down to Kit Cope (Pictures) and Joe Pearson (Pictures) for positive tests after the
March 24 WEC card.
Cope was suspended for nine months and fined $1,167 (20 percent of
his purse) for testing positive for the anabolic steroid
Pearson, who also tested positive for Delta-9-THC, got an $800 fine
(20 percent of his purse) as well as a six-month suspension.
Sherdog.com has learned the names of five mixed martial artists who
tested positive for banned substances following fights in the state
On March 10, in Ontario, Calif., Adam Lehman tested positive for
cannabinoids (marijuana) after losing by guillotine choke to
Will Torres and Jeff Morris (Pictures), each losers on a Gladiator
Challenge card in Sacramento, and Brian Ebersole (Pictures), who fought for the International
Fight League in Los Angeles, were found to have marijuana in their
systems following March 17 bouts.
And on March 31, Nelson
Ocampo tested positive for both methamphetamines and
amphetamines following his three-round decision loss to Ed Lavelle (Pictures) in San Francisco.
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