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.
For the second time in his illustrious career as a fighter, Nick Diaz has been suspended for testing positive for marijuana.
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?
Here’s the full HD Video from last night’s big fight. Always a tough competitor and a fighter’s fighter, Diego “The Dream” Sanchez takes on Jake Ellenberger in the Main Event @ UFC on FUEL TV in Omaha, Nebraska on February 15th, 2012.
After Nick Diaz’s recent decision loss to Carlos Condit, and GSP out for another 9-10 months… this fight has HUGE implications in the Welterweight division.
The winner of this fight is likely facing Carlos Condit where he will defend his interim Middleweight belt. The winner of that moving ahead to face GSP.
The loser of this fight is likely to be facing a pissed of Nick Diaz.
MMA FACT OF THE DAY: Jake Ellenberger’s UFC Debut was against Carlos Condit. Ellenberger took the fight for an injured Chris Lytle. In a controversial split decision, the fight went to Condit by judges decision.
In the age of the overproduction of sports and of stage-managed “moments,” rarely does a connection between an athlete and his fans feel authentic. Sure, fans “know” their favorite athletes: what their mansions look like, which starlets they date, what they say on Twitter. But these sort of athlete-fan interactions seem tested before focus groups, directed by teams of public-relations consultants rather than inspired by authenticity.
That was not the case Wednesday night at the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 1, when local boy Jake Ellenberger came out from the bowels of the aging Omaha Civic Auditorium. As his walkout song played — “Coming Home,” of course, by Diddy-Dirty Money — the adoring Cornhuskers who packed this venue erupted. This was the city where Ellenberger grew up, the place he returned to in 2005 as a US Marine Corps veteran, and the place where he now was an assistant wrestling coach for University of Nebraska-Omaha, which had won three straight Division II national titles before the program was dropped.
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”
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
We’d definitely like to have a Diaz vs Condit rematch. Those were the first words out of my mouth after the decision.
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.
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.”