Nick Diaz was suspended for 12 months and fined 30-percent of his earnings for Carlos Condit fight by the NSAC today (May 21, 2012) following a failed post-fight drug test for UFC 143. Photo via UFC.
At the hearing, the NSAC suspended the Stockton slugger for a period of 12 months and docked him 30 percent ($60,000) of the purse he earned for his fight with Carlos Condit at UFC 143, which was the event that Diaz failed a post-fight drug test for marijuana metabolites.
That means that should Diaz decide to end his mixed martial arts (MMA) retirement plans he made after his loss to "The Natural Born Killer" in Feb. 2012, he still won't be able to return to action until Feb. 2013.
During the hearing, which lasted for several hours, it became quickly became clear that Diaz and his defense team were facing an uphill battle. And Diaz's trainer, Cesar Gracie, would have something to say about the process and intense line of questioning.
And say something he did.
Check out what the famed trainer had to say via his official Twitter account, which was pointed directly at the world's leading MMA promotion:
@ufc Get drunk and wreck cars or do steroids between fights is OK. Smoke weed legally between fights and NSAC throws the book at you
In case you didn't quite grasp the veiled jab, it seems that Gracie is taking a shot at UFC Light Heavyweight champion and company poster boy Jon Jones' weekend drunken mishap, which led to the arrest of the 24-year-old champion and the destruction of his $190,000 Bentley.
The "steroid between fights" comment, I leave it to you to ponder a guess as to who he is aiming that toward, though I have guess or two of my own.
First the whole no-show for his "super fight" grappling match with Braulio Estima and now a year-long suspension from MMA, it truly hasn't been a good couple of weeks for Diaz. It will interesting to see if he decides to return to MMA once his suspension is up or if he decides to take a stab at the boxing world, something he has often said he would entertain.
Time will tell ... nine months to be exact.