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Saturday 03, Oct 2015

  UFC VP Lends Support To Nick Diaz

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UFC Vice President of Athlete Health & Performance Jeff Novitzky has publicly stated that the recent suspension of five years on Nick Diaz by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) is not right.

Novitzky, who was brought in to oversee the new and ramped-up drug testing of UFC, said though he does not have the insights on what was presented in open forum in the commission’s hearing and he believes Diaz should not be punished. The UFC VP said three tests were conducted on Diaz: one taken before the fight, one immediately after, and one shortly after that. Novitzky said the first and last tests were done by WADA-accredited laboratories that follow the highest standard in laboratories, both in testing and sensitivity of equipment, and the first and last tests came well under the threshold of marijuana.

Novitzky went on to say Nick Diaz should not have been suspended for the positive result in the first place. He also said it is his view that it is wrong to assume that some on the commission who may have felt insulted as Nick pleaded the Fifth Amendment to all of their questions and the commission acted with a vengeful attitude towards Diaz. Novitzky also pointed out fingers at the NAC by saying their proposed new regulations is three years, which to his understanding has not even been formally passed and said the suspension could have been potentially his failure to fill out the form and leaving marijuana off his pre-fight that was taken into consideration as some kind of aggravating circumstance. During the proceedings, some NAC commissioners openly mocked and laughed at the objections and firmness of Middlebrook in putting together a compelling defense.

The UFC Vice President addressed the pending appeal by the legal team of Diaz and noted that he fully believes that a court would decide that the former American mixed martial artist was not given the fair shake he is due by law. Novitzky added this is the second time the NAC has got things wrong and said the same thing happened with the samples of Anderson Silva who tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids. Novitzky also said it is ridiculous for anyone to assume that marijuana is a performance enhancing substance. He, however, acknowledged that the increasing acceptance of marijuana is balanced by the aforementioned threshold of 150 ng/ml as it is pointed by several studies that it is a good threshold to prevent any possible performance enhancement.

In another development, the decision of Henry Cejudo to not fight in the state of Nevada has been described by the lawyer of Diaz as “amazing“. Lucas Middlebrook said that is a very individualized decision for a fighter. Diaz’s lawyer added that to stand behind someone in a like position where you, at least in the short term, could take a financial hit, but you are standing up to fix a bigger problem, and he really cannot commend anyone enough who makes those decisions as it is really an amazing gesture. The decision of Cejudo is more to do with his belief that he doubts the ability of the Nevada Athletic Commission to rule objectively.

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Sunday 27, Sep 2015

  Nick Diaz Banned For Life By UFC

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The UFC has given a “lifetime ban” to Welterweight Nick Diaz after a suspension of five years was imposed on the former American mixed martial artist who is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Diaz failed a third positive test for marijuana and his suspension could most certainly end his time in the Octagon. The 33-year-old Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on 31 January. Diaz however passed two other drug tests on fight night.

The controversy comes in that two other samples of Nick Diaz passed drug tests analyzed by the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory (SMRTL) that is acknowledged and accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The third failed test, that was administered in-between the two clean tests, was analyzed by a different agency in Quest Diagnostics. The team of Diaz claims that the results were “scientifically unreliable” given that the results of SMRTL were reached using the higher standard of drug testing protocols of WADA.

The fight between Silva-Diaz was ruled a no-contest after Anderson Silva tested positive for anabolic steroids and received a doping ban of one year and fined $380,000.

In 2007, Diaz was suspended by the NSAC for six months after he tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In 2012, Diaz was banned for a year for testing positive for marijuana metabolites following a defeat to Carlos Condit.

On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission met to discuss Diaz’s third failed test. NSAC commissioner Skip Avansino said a five-year ban would essentially be the same as “a lifetime [ban] for [Diaz].” The NSAC voted unanimously to ban Diaz for five years, meaning he would not be eligible to make a return until 2020. The UFC fighter was also fined $165,000. Diaz was present during the hearing but decided not to answer any question. Commissioner Pat Lundvall had to force Diaz to verbally plead the fifth in his stance of silence during the hearing that had around 30 questions.

Upon hearing the verdict, Diaz spoke to media and labeled the Commission a “bunch of dorks”. Diaz’s attorney, Lucas Middlebrook, said his client will appeal against the ban after a decision was made in what he claimed to be a “kangaroo court”. The argument of Middlebrook is based on the failed test of Diaz containing five times the legal limit of marijuana metabolites while the other two tests were well below the allowable level. Middlebrook argues that the results cannot be judged to be reliable given the difference between the failed test and the two clean tests.

Middlebrook also said a box marked “observed” was not filled in by the collector that means Nick Diaz may have been unsupervised when he provided it. It was also added that the name of Diaz was included on the sample when all tests are meant to be anonymous to remove any bias and prevent tampering. However, the NSAC remained unmoved and stood by its decision and defended the testing techniques of Quest despite Diaz being a registered medical-marijuana user.

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Saturday 02, May 2015

  Anderson Silva Subject To Out-Of-Competition Testing

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Anderson Silva Subject To Out-Of-Competition Testing

UFC legend and former middleweight champion Anderson Silva is ready to get “embarrassed” while trying to compete for a spot in the Brazilian taekwondo team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The former UFC middleweight champion will be subject to random, out-of-competition drug testing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

On January 9, Anderson Silva tested positive to Drostanolone metabolites during a random out-of-competition test in the lead-up to his victory over Nick Diaz. The 39-year-old Silva, who is regarded by many to be the best MMA fighter in history, won by a unanimous points decision against Diaz as part of UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett also disclosed that Androstane, also a banned substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules, was found in Silva’s January 9 tests. Diaz, who was also tested, tested positive for marijuana metabolites after the same fight.

The UFC confirmed the initial findings on its website and said the UFC organization was notified on February 3, 2015 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Anderson Silva tested positive for Drostanolone metabolites on his January 9 out of competition drug test. It was added that it is the understanding of the UFC that further testing will be conducted by the Commission to confirm these preliminary results and it was said that Anderson Silva has been an amazing champion and a true ambassador of the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC, in Brazil as well as around the world. UFC is disappointed to learn of these initial results. The website statement also reads that the UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by its athletes.

The UFC also confirmed positive test of Diaz in its statement and said it has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on January 31 in Las Vegas. This is the third time Nick Diaz has tested positive for drugs related to marijuana.

It was the first time in the 18-year, 34-victory career of Anderson Silva that he tested positive for a banned substance. It is interesting to note that Silva has previously campaigned for a lifetime ban on the users of performance enhancing drugs.

Secretary Marco Aurelio Klein of the Brazilian Agency of Doping Control (ABCD) said if Silva is competing in official tournaments at the Brazilian Taekwondo Federation (CBTKD), he will be under the ABCD’s jurisdiction, so, like any other athlete, he can be subject to in- and out-of-competition tests by the Brazilian Agency of Doping Control. Klein added Anderson tested positive for anabolic steroids and, in this condition, he has advantages over other athletes who don’t use this banned substance. The ABCD secretary added for us it doesn’t appear to be the best message to other athletes who follow the anti-doping rules ahead of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.

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Wednesday 25, Feb 2015

  UFC Announces Anti-Doping Plan

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the largest mixed martial arts promotion company in the world, has announced a multimillion-dollar anti-doping plan after fighters Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Hector Lombard were temporarily suspended for failed drug tests.

Effective July 1, all fighters will be subject to random performance-enhancing drug testing. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta remarked the world’s leading MMA promotion will urge athletic commissions to impose more severe doping penalties. The UFC CEO went on to remark that he supports the idea of a two-year ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency for first-time offenders and increasing the ban to four years if WADA goes that route. Fertitta said our current methods are catching athletes using PEDs and added although we feel confident that the in-competition has been effective, we recognize the need for a more robust out-of-competition plan in accordance with athletic commissions and regulatory bodies.

The UFC CEO also said we can do better and added we have all seen similar challenges in the world of sports. And consequently we see that the UFC is no more immune to performance-enhancing drug use than any other major sport. He added the UFC spent approximately $500,000 on drug testing in 2013 and 2014 and was now willing to spend “several million dollars” for both in- and out-of-competition testing. Fertitta also remarked the UFC expected to administer around 984 tests a year, based on 41 events.

Georges St-Pierre, a longtime advocate for more of drug testing, appreciated the announcement. The former welterweight champion said the announcement is clearly a big step in the right direction for our sport and added he is very happy to learn about the UFC announcing a new comprehensive random PED testing.

California state athletic commission executive director Andy Foster said it is one thing for the UFC to snap its fingers and announce a major change but added state regulatory agencies don’t always work so quickly, nor should they. Nevada state athletic commission executive director Bob Bennett remarked a four-year suspension would be a phenomenal deterrent, especially in this sport as it would make a fighter think twice.

The UFC announcement was also appreciated by Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission Executive Director Greg Sirb. He remarked you have got to give them some credit for jumping ahead and doing something on an issue as serious as this. Sirb added at least they’re being proactive on this, which is good and added but each commission has its own state or tribal laws and regulations and so whatever the UFC comes up with, they’re going to have to have it adopted by every state commission. Sirb also remarked his thought would be that the suspension would go to the MMA database as well as the national boxing database, so when that fighter’s name comes up for a card, that’s good information for the commission. He also remarked he likes the idea of them putting that information out there, telling us who tested positive, for what and when and we may not want to license him.

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Saturday 21, Feb 2015

  Half Of MMA Fighters Could Be Doping, Says UFC Commentator

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UFC’s veteran commentator, Joe Rogan, has stunned all by saying that over half of MMA fighters are doping. Rogan made this comment in the wake of recent failed drug tests of star fighters Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz, and Hector Lombard.

Hector Lombard, the Cuban-Australian professional mixed martial artist and former Olympic judoka who competes as a Welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for anabolic steroids following his UFC 182 victory over Josh Burkman on January 3 in Las Vegas.

Lombard tested positive for was Desoxymethyltestosterone, commonly known as Madol. Former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva tested positive for two anabolic steroids: Drostanolone and Androstane. Silva’s competitor Nick Diaz failed a test for marijuana metabolites while UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones recently tested positive for cocaine metabolites.

The #1 contender in the official UFC middleweight rankings, Silva holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history and has 12 post-fight bonus awards. Silva claimed he has not taken any performance enhancing drugs and added he has been thoroughly tested many times and have never had a positive test.

Firas Zahabi, the coach of the semi-retired UFC star George St-Pierre who is a strong advocate of clean sports, remarked after Silva’s drug scandal that he wants the sport to be clean else a guy is going to die in the Octagon one day.

On the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Rogan said the UFC and MMA in general is a steroid epidemic. The commentator added they have started this really stringent testing and everybody is getting popped left and right. Rogan said it is one of the things fighters have been saying for a long time, that everyone is on steroids or a huge percentage and added the number (is) 50 percent, 60 percent, whatever it is they are on anabolic steroids.

 A black belt in Taekwando and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Rogan cited the physical strain of intense training as the main reason behind athletes succumbing to steroid use. The veteran commentator said fighters will sometimes train three times a day and added maybe they’ll run, do sprints in the morning, and then they’ll do some kind of strength and conditioning in the afternoon and also remarked then they’ll do wrestling or jiu-jitsu at night. Rogan added then they’ll vary and the next day they might do kickboxing in the morning and running in the afternoon, then weight lifting at night.

The UFCs veteran commentator also remarked there’s not enough time in the day, and there’s not enough time to recover and so that’s when comes in Dr. Feelgood, he comes along, and bang. However, Rogan condemned use of banned drugs and brush aside claims that the supposed drug use case of Anderson Silva was to help him return from injury. Rogan said so if he’s 39 years old and he breaks his leg, you’re looking at a long-ass recovery period or you take steroids and you recover in nine months instead of 15 months or fill in the blank. He added that could be what’s going on, but the reality is it is illegal and said if it takes you 15 months, the excuse cannot be that someone is going to take some illegal drugs so he heals quicker as no one is ever allowed to take steroids.

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Tuesday 14, Apr 2009

  NICK DIAZ ADMITS TO USING MARIJUANA

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NICK DIAZ ADMITS TO USING MARIJUANAMixed martial arts player Nick Diaz admits to using marijuana just before every fight in the UFC. Now, he’s not following after A-Rod’s confession to steroid use. He did that because he was forced to after the drug test results were leaked to the press. Diaz admitted to using marijuana because he is honest. For those who want honesty in the field of professional sports Diaz is the guy.

He openly declares that he had been using cannabis and he enjoys it. He even disclosed that he can even avoid positive results during drug tests. According to Diaz he simply detoxifies by drinking herbal cleansers, downs a lot of water, and sweats the same amount. This regimen flushes out the traces of marijuana from his bloodstream. He considers it better than taking steroids.

Marijuana is a banned substance according to the state athletic commission. Diaz has actually been suspended for using them in 2007 before he fought against Japan’s Takanori Gomi. He also paid a fine and was not allowed to compete for 6 months. Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission says that marijuana can be damaging to the body. Diaz on the other hand qualifies his use, saying it is therapeutic for his attention deficit disorder.

On Saturday, Diaz will be fighting Frank Shamrock who is a veteran in the MMA. Shamrock considers it a very important fight. Kizer made a recommendation that he will be tested before the fight.