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Old 09-27-2012, 12:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Nick Diaz seeks court review of suspension levied by NAC

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Nick Diaz never has been one to go down without a fight.

An attorney representing the Ultimate Fighting Championship star filed a motion Wednesday in a Las Vegas courtroom seeking a review of a disciplinary order made against Diaz by the Nevada Athletic Commission after a hearing in May.

Keith Kizer, executive director of the NAC, said he thinks this is the first instance in which a fighter has challenged an NAC disciplinary ruling in a courtroom in his nearly 15 years with the commission.

According to the filing, Diaz is seeking the "first available court date for a review of the (NAC's) decision with the goal of getting back in the cage before the end of 2012."

The welterweight contender was suspended from competition for one year, retroactive to the day of the fight, after a test that showed marijuana metabolites in his system after a unanimous decision loss to Carlos Condit on Feb. 4 in the main event of UFC 143 at Mandalay Bay.

At the NAC disciplinary hearing in May, Diaz's attorney, Ross Goodman, argued Diaz had proper documentation to legally use marijuana medicinally in California to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the commission's rules expressly prohibited fighters from using the drug only "in competition." Goodman claimed, at the hearing and in Wednesday's filing, that inactive marijuana metabolites don't constitute a "prohibited substance" and the NAC erred in treating them as such.

"The (NAC) prohibits the use of marijuana before or during competition to protect fighters - to prevent them from fighting while impaired," Goodman wrote in an email. "However, Diaz's sample showed no active THC in his system but only inactive metabolites related to his much earlier medical marijuana treatment. Inactive marijuana metabolites are not a prohibited substance under the (NAC's) rules. The (NAC) has no basis in its rules for disciplining a fighter for legal use of medical marijuana outside competition. In doing so, the (NAC) acted unlawfully."

Diaz testified it was his common practice to discontinue using marijuana eight days before a fight, and an expert witness testified his metabolite levels were consistent with the claim.

The commission ruled against Diaz and issued him the suspension and a fine of almost $80,000 as a second offender. Diaz also tested positive for marijuana after a 2007 fight.

"At the end of the day, Nick admits that he took a prohibited substance before the fight, which is a clear violation," Kizer said Wednesday. "Failing the drug test is not the violation. Taking the drug is the violation, and he's admitted to that."

Part of the findings against Diaz were that he provided false or misleading statements on a prefight questionnaire in which he answered he was not using any prescription or over-the-counter medications, nor did he have a "serious medical condition."

Goodman contends Diaz answered the questions correctly because he didn't think ADHD fell under the "serious medical condition" definition. The attorney further claims medical marijuana is not an over-the-counter medication, nor is it a prescription because physicians can only recommend it to a patient.

The attorney general's office, on behalf of the commission, has 30 days to answer the filing.
The sooner we get Diaz back, the better
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Id like to see Diaz against carefully picked opponents only. Like Thiago Alves or Martin Kampmann or Johnny Hendricks.

And thats only because i know if someone decides to wrestle **** Diaz that Diaz is too stuborn to adapt. We would probably see him flip the guy off and raising his arms and then getting taken down. Im not interested in that...

And no i dont care about anyones opinion about how i am wrong.
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I would love to see him against Thiago Alves for sure, Hendricks might just try to wrestle him though....if he is smart he would.
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As condit gets injured, and Diaz fights Gsp. In the non dream world, he'll probably get a wrestler for the tantrum he threw after the Condit fight.
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I would love to see him against Thiago Alves for sure, Hendricks might just try to wrestle him though....if he is smart he would.
Yeah thats true. He has great wrestling... i kinda forgot about that.

Did Hendricks attempt takedowns vs Koscheck often??? I dont recall.

He might have the "I had a great knockout so now im going to constantly swing haymakers even though im skilled enough to mix it up" disease.
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I would be quite happy never seeing Nick Diaz in the cage again.
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Nice to hear he wants to come back, i guess all he really needed was to blow off some steam and think about everything.
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I would be quite happy never seeing Nick Diaz in the cage again.
Why? He's one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport. Regardless of what you think of him outside of the cage, inside the cage, he fights, and he fights hard.
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I would be quite happy never seeing Nick Diaz in the cage again.
so it is possible to be mma fan and not want to see Diaz back in the cage...or...
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I can't stand Nick as a person but he is fun to watch I'll admit.

Don't see him getting this lifted at this stage though.
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