What's Next for Nick Diaz? NSAC Head Keith Kizer Answers that Question

Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana following his unanimous decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 last weekend in Las Vegas and, though he's yet to receive any punishment, he is due for correspondence on the matter with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM Fight Club, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer spoke about Diaz's positive test, revealing the immediate next steps Stockton's favorite son will need to take.

"Mr. Diaz will receive the complaint, it's been mailed to him. He'll receive the complaint by mail and he'll have twenty days upon receipt to file an answer," said Kizer. "With the complaint, those are just allegations at this time. There's been no finding against him. He'll have ample opportunity to respond to the complaint and then we'd put it on for a hearing at a time that works for him as well as for the Attorney General's office. Probably April, based on past disciplinary complaints and at that time, there'll be a hearing before the full commission and then they make a decision at that time. And, if they found the athlete guilty, they'd then impose whatever discipline they felt was appropriate."

As with most things involving Nick Diaz, his most recent positive test for marijuana has spawned controversy -- or at least debate. Many are making the argument that marijuana is harmless in competition, especially when compared to increased testosterone levels or performance enhancing drugs, and that a fighter like Diaz shouldn't have to sacrifice a chunk of his prime for his recreational drug of choice.

Kizer responded to that with the old "rules are rules" argument, whether or not the rules make sense.

"The first thing to note is that this on the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) list of prohibited substances. That's what we follow as our primary source, is the WADA list of prohibited substances, and this is on there as a banned substance. So, that's the beginning of the process. Whether or not it should be on the banned substances list is a different argument. But, it's on the banned substances list; athletes know that they cannot compete in competition with that in their systems, as well as all the other substances that are listed on that WADA list. Whether it has any pro or (con) aspects to it, I don't know. Obviously, I would assume that the main reason that it's on that list is because it could be a great detrimental to the safety of the fighter using it. Whether there's also a performance enhancing aspect to it probably depends on the fighter."

Diaz previously tested positive for marijuana in Las Vegas following his spectacular submission victory over Takanori Gomi at Pride 33 in 2007.

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