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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.

 

Now it's confirmed. Keith Kizer of the NSAC has confirmed that Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites, which is the scientific way of saying he had weed in his system.   Nick is a known marijuana smoker, and he makes no apologies for it.  He'd tested positive once before, in Japan, after beating Takanori Gomi in Pride.  His win was overturned and ruled a no contest. In this case, Condit will keep the W, as Nick faces a suspension, fine or both. A complaint for disciplinary action has been filed against Diaz.

This means that not only will we not see GSP vs. Diaz any time soon, it means that the rematch between Condit and Diaz won't take place either, which is another blow to the UFC.  They wanted a rematch because they were hoping to make GSP vs. Diaz, a big money fight.

Also, Diaz did say immediately after the Condit fight that he was retiring.  People chalked that up to his disappointment with the decision, and didn't really believe he'd never fight again.  However, with this failed drug test, he just might hang up the gloves, sending his career up in smoke.

As soon as the NSAC announces the disciplinary action, I will post it here.

 

 

OK, maybe the rumors are true. Keith Kizer of the NSAC just sent an email stating that there has been 1 failed drug test from the UFC 143 testing. He didn't say who, because all the tests are not yet in. But this gives a lot of weight to all those speculating that Nick Diaz got pinched for marijuana. As soon as the complete results are in, I will post there here.

From Keith Kizer:

"I am still waiting for all the steroid and drug test results to come back. We did have at least one positive test. I will send out an email later today on that matter."


Anderson Silva is not only tired of Chael Sonnen running his mouth, he's getting sick and tired of being asked about Sonnen.  In this interview, Anderson says that Chael needs to talk less and train more, and then scolds the reporter for asking too many questions about Chael.  The reporter wisely clams up.  Check it out.

Rumors abound in the MMA world about the proposed Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit rematch.  Will they or won't they?  At first it was reported, and Dana White even twittered that a rematch was on.  Now it appears that Nick Diaz has not agreed to the bout.  Further speculation, and rumors, hints and innuendo, has it that Nick has tested positive for marijuana, something that will force a suspension on the 209/420 fighter.

At this time, however, it's very unfair to Nick to make these allegations, and some websites seem to be reporting it as fact, but the truth of the matter is that no official word about his post fight drug test has come down from the NSAC yet.  What does seem clear is that the rematch is in danger of not happening.

And speaking of unfair, just having the rematch seems a bit unfair to Condit.  He won a close but unanimous decision.  Why make him do it again.  What if Diaz wins the rematch by decision?  Will they need to have a rubber match before a fight with GSP?

Lots of drama and intrigue here.  What will clear the air is the NSAC's report on post fight urinalysis results.  As soon as I see that I will post it here.

Until then, have fun speculating!  After the jump, check out some fight pics from their first go round.

GSP's boxing coach, legendary trainer Freddie Roach, is not impressed by Nick Diaz's boxing performance.  In this video interview, Roach says that Nick has good hands, but his footwork doesn't cut it.  He feels Nick comes in on a straight line and doesn't cut off the ring well. And this was before the Condit fight.

In the Condit fight, Nick did seem to chase Carlos by going straight at him, but the Octagon is not a boxing ring.  It's huge and it has no corners in which to trap a fighter.  Still, when Roach speaks it's wise to listen, and we'll have to see if Diaz can improve on his footwork in the just announced rematch against Condit.

Here's the video interview with Freddie, who also talks about GSP's comeback after knee surgery.

 

Deep in the jungles on Brazil, on the Xingu River in Upper Xingu, the indigenous people practice the art of huka huka.  UFC MW champion Anderson Silva, made the trek to Upper Xingu recently to train with the natives to learn this art.  Not that he really needs it, he's the most decorated UFC champion of all time, after all.  Still, it shows that Silva takes fighting very seriously and is always looking for an edge.

Here are some pics of Silva training huka huka.  These came from the website: http://revistatrip.uol.com.br. Amazing photos!

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In this interview with the UK's Telegraph, Dana White says that Pride FC was the only true competitor to the UFC.  He said:

"If you look back throughout history, there's only one show that I have ever said was a competitor to the UFC and it was Pride. Pride was the only show that I would ever put on the same level--and put on a pedestal--that was the same as the UFC."

Nice of Dana to give Pride props, but it was a huge mistake for the UFC to shut down the Japanese organization.  Pride filled 100000 seat arenas, and there is nothing like it right now.  The day Pride died was a truly sad day for MMA fans in Japan and all over the world.

For some behind the scenes details of exactly how the UFC acquired Pride, check out my original short story: Business is War: The Inside Story of the UFC's Acquisition of Pride.

Check out the Dana Telegraph interview after the jump.

The UFC has done away with the Gladiator.  The new intro takes highlight reel action and couples it with computer generated graphics.  The result is visually appealing.  It looks pretty cool.  But they may have overdone, because the intro is better than many of the fights lately.  And I'm not sure if people want to plunk down 60 bucks for this.  Check it out, if you missed the UFC 143 broadcast.

 

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