Looks like Nick Diaz won’t be on the agenda for next week’s Nevada State Athletic Commission proceedings.
The controversial welterweight was planning on appearing before the commission to make his defense against being suspended for testing positive for marijuana metabolites. Diaz popped positive for an inactive compound in marijuana following his UFC 143 tilt against Carlos Condit, indicating that his usage of the drug was out of competition. Since the fighter is legally allowed to use marijuana to treat his ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) under California state law, his team planned on arguing that the fighter had done nothing to warrant a suspension.
Despite his planned appearance, Sherdog reports that the NSAC is now saying that Diaz must tender his medical marijuana card before they’ll add him to a docket to be heard. Diaz’s attorney, Ross Goodman, argues that the physician’s statement he provided to the NSAC that confirms Diaz’s status as a medical marijuana patient is sufficient proof.
Goodman also argues that the NSAC has exceeded the 45-day limit within which to process Diaz’s case, as he was initially suspended on February 22.
Having announced his retirement from MMA following that loss to Condit, Diaz is currently scheduled to face world-class grappler Braulio Estima in a jiu-jitsu superfight on May 12 in Long Beach, California.