Any hopes of UFC welterweight Nick Diaz beating the rap for a failed drug test and returning to the ring rather than remain retired were dashed earlier today when the Nevada State Athletic Commission reviewed his case, shrugged off his team’s arguments, and threw the book at him for their trouble. Diaz, who has been at outspoken proponent of marijuana use and receives it legally in California, was popped for “marijuana metabolites” in his system after a February fight with Carlos Condit.
As a result of the NSAC’s findings Diaz will be suspended from competition for a year and was fined 30% of his purse from the bout (equating to $60,000).
Diaz tested positive for marijuana use five years ago after a match-up with Takanori Gomi, also in Nevada, and was handed a six-month suspension in that instance.
The 28-year old has not commented publicly on the matter but, at least for the time being, it appears his MMA career is officially over (or at least until 2013).
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