Nick Diaz may have had no plans on stepping into a mixed martial arts cage ever again.
After Monday’s hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he may not have a say in the matter.
Diaz, who tested positive for marijuana metabolites after his UFC 183 main event bout with Anderson Silva, has been suspended for five years. He was also forced to give up 33 percent of the $500,000 purse he earned from the January bout, amounting to a whopping $165,000.
Understandably so, Diaz wasn’t pleased with the lengthy suspension, pointing at other fighters who, he implies, have done worse while competing in the sport.
“That’s ridiculous,” Diaz told ESPN. “I’ve never done steroids in my life. That’s another thing I’ll tell you right now: I know all the fighters, and they’re all on steroids. All you motherf—–s are on steroids.
“I don’t do steroids, I don’t break the rules.”
UFC 183 marked the third time Diaz failed a drug test in the state of Nevada.
NSAC Commissioner Pat Lundvall motioned for a lifetime ban; luckily for Diaz, she failed to receive enough votes to move forward.
A former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Diaz returned to the UFC as one of its biggest stars. He went 1-3 in his latest stint with the promotion, back-to-back title fights against Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre.
Diaz unofficially retired from the sport following his one-sided loss to St-Pierre, only to come back two years later in the main event at UFC 183.
His UFC 183 opponent, Silva, also failed the drug tests leading up to and after the fight. Silva was suspended for one year retroactive to the Jan. 31, 2015 bout.