Friday, 10 February 2012 09:11
Dana White is not a happy camper today. Yesterday, Nick Diaz, the fighter they wanted to put in against Georges St. Pierre, scuttled the plans even worse than by losing to Carlos Condit by testing positive for marijuana. Now Nick awaits his punishment from the NSAC. In the past, first time offenders for pot were suspended for six months, and two-time offenders had to sit out a full year. It's still uncertain what kind of suspension Diaz will face, and we won't find out until April.
Last night, UFC president Dana White issues a terse statement regarding the Diaz situation:
"I am beyond disappointed that he tested positive for marijuana. It is now in the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission."
That's it, Dana? That's all you got? Where is your anger and outrage? You fired Miguel Torres for repeating an off-color joke on his Twitter account and acted all righteously indignant about. Was that really worse than smoking an illegal drug before a fight? Don't be scared, homie. Fly off the handle like you did with Torres.
Oh wait, Nick Diaz is one of the biggest draws in the UFC, now that Brock Lesnar is retired and GSP is hurt. So he'll get a pass.
Business as usual.
Not that I think Diaz should be fired, mind you. In fact I think it's silly for the commissions to test for marijuana, but the hypocrisy needed to be pointed out. Nick does bear responsibility for this, of course, there is no excuse. I think the NSAC will be fair with their punishment.