Harsh: NSAC Suspends Nick Diaz for 1 Year

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When asking the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy yesterday, Chael Sonnen was quickly granted his request. Such was not the case for Nick Diaz during his disciplinary hearing for marijuana.

Following his controversial unanimous decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 this past February, Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites.

Diaz appeared before the NSAC yesterday to contest the commission's findings and, though his attorney Ross Goodman did well in presenting their case, the commission found Diaz guilty of the complaint levied against him (that he used marijuana in competition).

For discipline, Diaz was fined thirty percent of his purse and was suspended for one year. Diaz banked $200,000 flat pay, putting his fine at $60,000.

The outcome of the fight will not be overturned since Diaz lost.

Diaz tested positive for marijuana in Nevada following his 2007 victory over Takanori Gomi, which is why he received more than a six month suspension. His suspension starts retroactively on February 4.

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