Cali to Allow Therapeutic Marijuana Use

Today, the California State Athletic Commission voted to approve an amendment allowing therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for fighters that are in need of the controversial testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) as well as medicinal marijuana for other reasons.

“People say that marijuana is going to hurt my career. On the contrary, my fight career is getting in the way of my marijuana smoking.”

— Nick Diaz, Strikeforce Welterweight Champion

The amendment still has not been approved, and could take some months or years to happen.

The state of Nevada has given a TUE to fighters in the past such as Dan Henderson when he fought Shogun at UFC 139; Henderson was determined to be in need of testosterone.

George Dodd, the CSAC executive officer has said that that particular case will be somewhat of a blueprint for California’s testing. The fighters would be required to check their testosterone levels multiple times prior to fights, and will need to provide extensive medical history in order to be approved for a TUE. Only after the amendment is passed by the Department of Consumer Affairs and the state’s Office of Administrative Law will it officially be passed.

Nick Diaz “Temporarily Suspended” by Nevada Boxing Comission – Medical Marijuana?

For the second time in his illustrious career as a fighter, Nick Diaz has been suspended for testing positive for marijuana.

Nick Diaz posing with some large marijuana plants and flipping the bird

The case for Nick Diaz is unique because he is prescribed marijuana by a California state approved doctor to help him with his ADHD.

The first time was following his fight with legendary Japanese martial artist Takanori Gomi at Pride 33 in 2007. Nick received a six month suspension and fined His  of his fight purse. Ouch! His win over Gomi also was overturned and ruled a no contest. Double Ouch.

But times they are a changing.

The current “temporary suspension” for Nick Diaz issued by the Nevada Deputy Attorney General and state boxing commission is pending a follow up disciplinary meeting where Nick Diaz will be able to defend his usage of marijuana. And, the case for Nick Diaz is unique because he is prescribed marijuana by a California state approved doctor to help him with his ADHD. If Nick requests the exception for medicinal marijuana, the case would set a new precedent by being the first time that a fighter requested legal marijuana exemption.

Nick could go big and also point out that now is a great time for the commission to consider issuing a reversal of the “No Contest” that he got smacked with after the bout with Gomi.

Nick Diaz has a lot riding on the line with this temporary suspension. Up to a 1 year suspension from fighting, a considerable financial penalty on his fight purse and bonuses from UFC 143, and in the now he’s a top contender for the UFC Welterweight Belt.

What do you think? Should Nick get the OK to  get back in the cage and fight with a medical marijuana clearance?

Lorenzo Fertitta Confirms Dos Santos vs. Overeem May 26, Velasquez vs. Mir, Ortiz vs. Griffin III, More

Lorenzo Fertitta breaking some pretty big news items in an impromptu recent Twitter Q&A session. Here’s a quick rundown…

— Lorenzo confirmed that Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem will headline their Memorial Day Weekend card on May 26. The card is expected to take place in Las Vegas.

— Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir is in the works, but Fertitta didn’t say when it would happen.

— Tito Ortiz’s final opponent will in fact be Forrest Griffin. It’s also unclear when that fight will happen.

— TUF 15 coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will meet on July 7 in Las Vegas on the UFC’s July 4th weekend card. Those two have already started getting back into it on Twitter.

— In reaction to Nick Diaz’s positive marijuana test, Lorenzo said he was “disappointed because [he] really likes him,” but it’s in the NSAC’s hands now. He added that Nick “just needs to get it together,” and that he will be back once his suspension is over. Lorenzo’s “a sap for real fighters.”

 

— Lorenzo isn’t sure if Carlos Condit will defend his interim welterweight title before fighting Georges St. Pierre.

— Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva might be a possibility down the road.

— Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo is a “good idea” if Edgar beats Ben Henderson.

— Lorenzo agrees with Dana White that Mayhem Miller “looked terrible” against Michael Bisping.

— “Sure,” they would still consider signing Fedor Emelianenko for the right price and terms.

— Not interested in bringing Tim Sylvia back.

— They would be interested in signing Bellator’s Hector Lombard and Alexander Shlemenko.

NICK DIAZ / CARLOS CONDIT REMATCH ALREADY A DONE DEAL!?!

Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit Rematch

Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit Rematch, already a done deal.

Rumors and news of an immediate Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit rematch started to break late last night with some buzz on twitter. Today it’s really getting some momentum and the deal seems to be done.


TODAY - Dana White - The rumor is true. Carlos did accept the fight today and Carlos is coming on Friday.

12:20 AM EST - ”Well, the powers to be just called. @CarlosCondit and myself will be in vegas and hope to have an announcement on fri… :)

10:30 AM EST – I don’t get it. First you guys want the rematch, we make it happen, now I’m getting the “wtf, don’t do it, nick doesn’t deserve it?” Smh

10:30 AM EST – “Lol, bottom line thank you to everyone who has supported us and helped make this happen.”

12:30 PM EST - ”Wow? Really? RT @CagedInsider: GSP says he would vacate title for Nick Diaz fight”

1:30 PM EST – “Can’t wait for the rematch RT @That_Hal@malkikawa did you see even @joerogan now thinks @DiazBrothers209 won the fight?!”

- Malki Kawa (Carlos Condit’s Manager)
http://twitter.com/malkikawa


Via CAGEDINSIDER –  GSP Says he would vacate the title belt for a opportunity to finally fight Diaz. That’s some very interesting news to add to the situation.


Looks like it’s gonna happen. Get Nick to Glendale for some more judo!
In reply to Manny Gamburyan

Karyn Bryant (Host of MMA HEAT, MMA Journalist)
http://twitter.com/KarynBryant


We’d definitely like to have a Diaz vs Condit rematch. Those were the first words out of my mouth after the decision.

Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit – UFC 143 – FULL FIGHT (HD VIDEO)

Here it is! The main event scrap at UFC 143 that led to a controversial decision and Nick Diaz’s post fight decision to announce a retirement from the UFC.

#BOOM - Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit at UFC 143

#BOOM - Nick Diaz takes a big right hand from Carlos Condit at UFC 143

Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit – UFC 143 – FULL FIGHT (HD VIDEO)
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There have been a lot of complaints about Carlos Condit’s unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 143′s interim welterweight title fight on Saturday. Most notably, Nick Diaz vowed to retire from MMA after the decision was read. Diaz, and many fans, were frustrated with Condit’s counter-strike and circle away strategy, but Diaz had no answer for it inside the cage.

UFC president Dana White expressed his hope for a rematch between the two fighters as the best solution:

“I know (Georges. St. Pierre) wanted that Diaz fight bad, but it’s not going to be Diaz so he better get angry with Carlos Condit or focus on Carlos Condit or whatever he needs to do. Carlos Condit won this fight. No matter how much Georges and Nick hate each other, Carlos Condit won, and I think the fans are mad at the way Carlos Condit fought. Too f*cking bad. He came in with a game plan and stuck to it and won. You know what’s funny man, is that when he said that, I was thinking the same thing. It’s crazy, but. I was thinking it after the fight. You know, people are bitching and thinking it was close or whatever, we can do that fight again before GSP comes back. It depends on Carlos too, he’s really gotta say, and Nick’s gotta say I want to fight him again too.”