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BlueLander 11-19-2012 03:37 PM

UFC allowed to promote Alistair Overeem fight despite suspension, but not Nick Diaz

It seems that Alistair Overeem's extra effort with the Nevada State Athletic Commission has earned him some brownie points, while Nick Diaz isn't getting the same treatment. Both fighters are currently suspended by the commission - Overeem for a positive test for elevated testosterone, Diaz for elevated marijuana metabolites (his second offense in the state). Despite the suspensions, the UFC has been granted permission from NSAC to promote Overeem's bout with Antonio Silva in February at UFC 156. Dana White confirmed that at the UFC 154 post-fight press conference last night, but with a caveat:

"We asked the commission, can we start setting up a fight for him, but he’s still got to go before the commission.".


"I think Alistair has been doing the right thing as far as the commission is concerned and doing all the things that he needs to do to get back in their good graces. It’s looking positive and optimistic because he’s been doing what he’s supposed to do."

Basically, that means that neither side sees much of an issue with Overeem being re-licensed. So if they can do it for Overeem, would it work the same way with Diaz? Dana's answer was pretty blunt:


He didn't elaborate on whether they had even approached the commission in regards to a possible Diaz bout or not, but either way, it looks like Diaz's war with the commission will continue until his suspension is up on February 4th.
Wonder why this is. Is it because Diaz is a repeat offender? I'd think it would be exact opposite to be honest. Diaz obviously was suspended for something (while still not allowed) to gain a performance enhancement.

Or maybe they just want to start promoting Overeem now as they know a title fight is almost a sure thing when he's able to start fighting again.

LL 11-19-2012 03:44 PM

Diaz really ****ed himself over.

I'm not a pot guy, never smoked it, never will and I do like Overeem, don't think he beats dos Santos but what he did was way worse, even if Nick is a two time offender steroids is way worse than some plant.

But Overeem fell in line, he did what they wanted him to do, Nick tried to appeal and then he tried to sue them so now he just needs to hope that he isn't in a similar situation as Chael in early 2011 when it looked like he might have to retire because the athletic commission is dicking him over.

jonnyg4508 11-19-2012 03:49 PM

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Nick Diaz doesn't need promotion anyway.

BlueLander 11-19-2012 04:10 PM

I'm prob a little bias. I smoked pretty heavily for 8 years of my life. Did a year in prison with another 5 years suspended for it. I always hate to see penalties for smokers and I'll admit my hardcore pothead days is what drew me to Diaz in the first place.

But rules are rules, regardless of my opinion on the plant, legal or sport wise, it is a banned substance.

Though I didn't know Diaz went that far as to try and sue them over it. I agree with you he should just fell in line like Overeem did and bite the bullet on that.

On a side note, love your new avatar!

Rauno 11-19-2012 07:34 PM

I'm sure Nick is really heartbroken over the fact that he can't do PR stuff.

osmium 11-19-2012 07:41 PM

Overeem is a business man he knows how to play the game.

jonnyg4508 11-19-2012 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Rauno (Post 1649700)
I'm sure Nick is really heartbroken over the fact that he can't do PR stuff.

quality :thumbsup:

cdtcpl 11-19-2012 08:51 PM

It may have to do with the appeals. Since Overeem dropped his latest appeal he has no pending legal action with the commish, but Nick Diaz does. Just my guess.

LL 11-19-2012 09:15 PM


Originally Posted by jonnyg4508 (Post 1649645)
Nick Diaz doesn't need promotion anyway.

He does if he wants to make money in MMA.

Dana is a promoter, Dana promotes fights.

rabakill 11-19-2012 09:26 PM

Nick Diaz, what a legend this guy is. Dana White and Nick seem like the two kinds of people that will never see eye to eye, an A-type suit and a disenchanted cocky stoner is like oil and water.

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