Earlier in the week Nick Diaz lawyer, Ross Goodman wrote to the Nevada State Athletic Commission to attempt to free him from a suspension imposed after he tested positive for marijuna metabolites following his loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in February.
One of the key arguments in Goodman’s appeal is that NSAC does not prevent fighter’s from using marijuana out-of-competition, and Diaz claims to have stopped using the drug 8 days prior to the fight.
NSAC appear to be digging in for a fight however as they’ve now released a statement revealing that Diaz actually declared in a pre-fight form that he hadn’t used any prescribed medications (in this case Diaz use of marijuana which he has a medical license to use in the state of California) within 14 days of the fight.
“Not only did Nick Diaz violate the law by testing positive for marijuana metabolites, but he also lied to the Commission on his Pre-Fight Questionnaire when he swore that he had not used any prescribed medications in two weeks before the fight.”
The fact that NSAC have been able to counter one of the key aspects of the defense’s case so quickly doesn’t bode well for the chances of Diaz avoiding what’s expected to be in the region of a year’s suspension, but there may still be a few twists and turns to come so it’s a story we’ll continue to monitor in the coming weeks.