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Nick Diaz Suspended 5 Years; $165,000 Fine

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UFC welterweight fighter Nick Diaz has been suspended for five years and fined $165,000 (33% of $500,00 purse) for a positive drug test containing marijuana metabolites after his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down the extremely harsh penalties today after a deliberation in which commissioner Pat Lundvall initially suggested a lifetime ban for Diaz. The commissioners could not all agree on a lifetime ban, but settled on the ban of five years, citing disrespect for the commission and the sport based on previous issues with Diaz and marijuana. This instance would be the third time that Nick Diaz failed a drug test for marijuana.

Nick Diaz’s attorney brought forward compelling evidence to defend the fighter, including results from three different drug tests all taken on the same day:

  • Test 1: Conducted pre-fight at 7:33 pm. This test was WADA  accredited and came back negative for marijuana.
  • Test 2: Conducted post-fight at 10:38 pm. This test was not regulated and came back positive for THC metabolites over ten times higher than the previous test.
  • Test 3: Conducted post-fight at 11:55 pm. This test was WADA accredited and came back negative for marijuana.

The proceedings included some heated debates between Diaz’s attorney, Lucas Middlebrook, and Nevada Deputy Attorney General Christopher Eccles. Middlebrook was very strong with his statements, even questioning the ethics of the commission’s procedures and possibly getting under the skin of some of the commissioners.

“This man has due process and I know you’re not a court of law, but you should honor that to some extent.” – Lucas Middlebrook

“Proceed with your misinterpretation of the law.” – Lucas Middlebrook

Diaz was called to answer questions directly from the commission. After confirming his name as Nick Diaz for the records, the fighter proceeded to plead the fifth amendment to every other question that Pat Lundvall directed towards him.

In the end, the commission seemed to ignore the evidence presented by Diaz’s attorney and felt Diaz has not only failed multiple drug tests over his career, but he has also disrespected the rules and regulations set in place by the commission.  Nick Diaz is 32 years of age and currently facing a five-year suspension that will likely be appealed.

Stay tuned to MMA Latest News for further developments surrounding this news.

 

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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