Time to face the music. Well, sort of.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will stream today's (Tues., Feb. 17, 2015) Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) live meeting, which is expected to hold Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Hector Lombard accountable for recent drug test failures (more on that here and here).
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MMAmania.com will be tuning in and bringing you LIVE updates as the action unfolds right here, beginning at 4 p.m. ET. Silva, Diaz, and Lombard are No. 37-39 (out of 42) on the itemized agenda (full breakdown here), so it could take awhile before anything newsworthy breaks.
In addition, today's gathering is more of a fact-finding mission and will likely result in temporary suspensions from competition. The actual punishments will come at future disciplinary hearings, which may or may not be scheduled as part of today's meeting.
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3:45 p.m. ET: Nostradumbass here, waiting for things to get started.
4:00 p.m. ET: We're underway here and roll call just wrapped.
4:15 p.m. ET: Lots of boxing stuff being dealt with.
4:25 p.m. ET: UFC stuff about to get underway in just a minute.
4:30 p.m. ET: Stand by, some boxing guy has a magic glove he's presenting to the board.
4:45 p.m. ET: Yeah, this.
Please gong these people. Bring out Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine and get rid of this foolish discussion about the chip in the glove— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) February 17, 2015
5:00 p.m. ET: Fucking glove gate. Aye-Yai-Yai!
5:10 p.m. ET: Glove gate is over, now some wizard has a new gadget for scoring.
5:20 p.m. ET: Commissioners staring at iPads talking about judging. FML.
5:35 p.m. ET: iPad fiasco over, now on to something else I don't care about, but it's item No. 34!
6:00 p.m. ET: Commission contemplating drug testing overhaul with increased punishments. Cost of increased testing appears to be a concern, despite deferring most of the bill to individual promoters. Trying to establish more consistent out-of-competition testing. Deterrence a motivating factor. Will reconvene in March.
6:35 p.m. ET: Francisco Rivera tried to have his loss to Urijah Faber overturned (because of this), but was denied.
6:40 p.m. ET: Attorney General argues that because Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana, he should be temporarily suspended until the commission can set a disciplinary meeting in March. Diaz rep claims they have "new information" pertaining to the drug test. Suspension passes unanimously.
6:45 p.m. ET: Attorney General does likewise for Anderson Silva (steroids) and suspension is upheld until disciplinary hearing at a date to be determined.
6:50 p.m. ET: Attorney General does likewise for Hector Lombard (steroids) and suspension is upheld until disciplinary hearing at a date to be determined.
6:55 p.m. ET: Attorney General does likewise for Ashlee Evans-Smith (diuretic), who is suspended for nine months for her transgression, as well as docked 30-percent of her fight purse ($8,000).
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