The Nevada Athletic Commission came down hard on Nick Diaz Monday, suspending the former UFC welterweight contender five years and fining him $165,000.
Diaz failed a drug test for marijuana following his loss to Anderson Silva this past January, which was the third of his career. Silva also failed his post-fight drug test for other banned substances.
While members of the NAC were not comfortable with giving Diaz a lifetime ban, the fighter will be 37 years old when he is cleared to return again in the U.S.
In the video below, Diaz delivered his take on the matter. Thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the video:
Diaz mentioned following the decision by the commission that he will not be able to corner his brother, Nate, when he returns to the Octagon later this year.
“My brother has a fight coming up,” Diaz said. “You going to tell me I can’t even go corner my brother he he goes in? This isn’t a sport. This is war.”
The outspoken fighter also stated his displeasure with fighters who have tested positive for steroids, adding “I never did steroids in my life. I’ve never been on steroids and I didn’t break the rules now. I tested under.”