After months of court and controversy, Nick Diaz, Ultimate Fighter, is being fined $79,500 and banned from fighting until next February for testing positive for THC after a loss to Carlos Condit in an interim welterweight title fight on Feb.4 in Las Vegas.
Nevada Athletic Commission executive Keith Kizer said the fine imposed following a Monday hearing amounts to 30 percent of Diaz’s $265,000 purse and bonus following his Feb. 4, 2012 UFC. The one-year suspension dates from that fight.
After arguing the case in front of the commission for the better part of four hours. Diaz and his lawyer, Ross Goodman, failed to convince commissioners that Diaz had a prescription from a doctor in California to use medicinal marijuana for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
It was the second offense for Diaz, who got a six-month suspension for a positive marijuana test after a 2007 Pride Fighting Championships bout at the Thomas & Mack Center.