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Old 05-04-2012, 10:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dana White not optimistic on Nick Diaz's chances against NSAC

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NEW YORK CITY – Nick Diaz's camp won't find a vote of confidence from UFC president Dana White in their recent challenge to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

"I get the whole thing they're going for – the metabolites or whatever it is," White said following Thursday's pre-UFC on FOX 3 press conference. "Nick can't smoke marijuana leading up to a fight. You just can't do it."

While fans and pundits have debated the merits of the drug's legality and the state's case against Diaz, White said he respects the rule of the commission.

"My beef is with the reffing and the judging," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "They sanction me. They tell me what to do. They oversee me and the fighters."

And on May 14, the commission will go head-to-head with Diaz. Las Vegas-based attorney Ross Goodman filed suit on behalf on the fighter this past week, seeking to lift a temporary suspension issued to the fighter after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites in the wake of a decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143.

Diaz's camp has attacked the merits of the NSAC's case from the beginning, suggesting that the marijuana metabolites that prompted his failed test aren't banned by the commission.

But White sees the issue in black and white.

"Listen, marijuana's illegal," he said. "You can't smoke it. There's a list of things you can't do. Here's the thing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission: If you're doing something, they ask you to tell them. Just be honest. Come up front and say you did something."

The act of disclosure has been front and center in Diaz's fight with the NSAC. Goodman said the fighter didn't need to note his doctor-recommended use of medical marijuana because it didn't apply to a pre-fight medical questionnaire he left blank.

The NSAC, on the other hand, believes Diaz mislead the commission in doing so, and amended its original complaint against the fighter when paperwork in support of his medical marijuana recommendation surfaced in Goodman's initial response to the suspension.

White said Diaz's situation reminded him of Alistair Overeem, whose failure of a pre-fight drug test at UFC 146 was at the center of a license denial from the NSAC. The former Strikeforce champion didn't disclose his use of a doctor-recommended anti-inflammatory that was later found to contain testosterone, a fact that came out when he was denied.

"I sit in the office with the guy, and he's like, 'I'm the most tested athlete in all of sports. I'll never test positive for anything,'" White said. "Then they tested him at the press conference, and he was 14-to-1 (testosterone-to-epitestosterone) ratio.

"He lied to me, and he lied to the Nevada State Athletic Commission."

Asked which situation frustrates him more – Diaz's suspension scratched a rematch with Condit while Overeem's failure scratched a headliner opposite heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146 – White chose Overeem.

"Nick Diaz didn't tell me he wasn't smoking weed, believe me," he said. "It's one of those things that's a banned substance, you can't do it, and we'll see how this thing plays out. But I just don't see him winning."
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I agree with DW, I honestly think this whole thing goes easier if you fess up beforehand.

It can also cause them to unapprove your fight or whatever, but at least you don't have to go through a suspension, fine, etc.

I think Diaz will get nailed, and probably not as hard because he hired a good lawyer, but for a second offense he is looking at about a year probably.
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I think you have to question where Diaz is getting his advice - no doubt from his lawyer who's going to get paid regardless of whether Diaz is successful or not.

If ever anyone needs evidence that smoking weed is bad for you - look no further than Nick Diaz, if for no other reason than his decision to challenge the NSAC for this.

Nick - put the bong down for a couple of days, get a second (legal) opinion, drop your silly lawsuit and get on with your life
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For a guy that retired from MMA after his last fight he sure seems to care a lot about this suspension. Enough with the excuses, enough with the lies, enough with the foolish games. Play by the rules and you shouldn't have any issues. Now the judging thing (in his mind) will eventually drive him insane if he dwells on that too.
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As far as I see it he didn't have to disclose his medical marijuana use because the specific wording of that fateful line was "prescriptions" and there is no such thing as a marijuana prescription. It's not like Diaz wanted to make it seem like he doesn't smoke pot. Everyone and their grandmother knows Nick Diaz has a license for medical marijuana and the commission is coming out claiming they didn't know? Give me a break.

If I was a lawyer I'd jump on that questionnaire too because it's ambiguous.
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As far as I see it he didn't have to disclose his medical marijuana use because the specific wording of that fateful line was "prescriptions" and there is no such thing as a marijuana prescription. It's not like Diaz wanted to make it seem like he doesn't smoke pot. Everyone and their grandmother knows Nick Diaz has a license for medical marijuana and the commission is coming out claiming they didn't know? Give me a break.

If I was a lawyer I'd jump on that questionnaire too because it's ambiguous.
In the same way that "Everyone and their grandmother knows..." that you shouldn't have weed in your system if you're a professional fighter (and get tested).

This is indicative of society today - too many people think the entire world should bend to their wants. What ever happend to taking responsibility for your own actions?
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So many of these stupid cases could've been avoided if the fighters were just honest from the beginning...
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Is there a video of Thursday's pre-UFC on FOX 3 press conference? Seems a lot of topics were covered. Pm me link if one please.
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In the same way that "Everyone and their grandmother knows..." that you shouldn't have weed in your system if you're a professional fighter (and get tested).

This is indicative of society today - too many people think the entire world should bend to their wants. What ever happend to taking responsibility for your own actions?
Except that it's legal if he has a license in which case you should totally smoke weed every time you have to unless you want to feel some symptoms of that underlying disease. It's the same with Antonio Silva. He's allowed to fight with illegal substances in his blood because he needs to treat his acromegaly. Just because you can't see Nick's condition doesn't mean it's not there.

This whole thing is notabout abusing illegal substances. People need to realize this. It's about not disclosing a legal treatment, just like the Sonnen case. The form specifically said 'prescriptions' and since there is no prescription for medical marijuana, only a license (which is practically the same, just not legally), I don't see why someone should list it as such.

If the commissions were on sync with all these things, none of that stuff would ever have happened. Anderson/Sonnen 1 wouldn't have that asterisk next to it and we would have been spared of that whole shitstorm, although it might help to make the commissions realize that MMA needs its own big commission.
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