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.
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.
— 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.