To borrow a line from The Usual Suspects, “and just like that…he’s gone.” Well, maybe not "he" in this case, but it’s gone, and that it is the rematch between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit.
What seemed like an almost sure thing late Tuesday night has evaporated before our very eyes as, according to an email Bleacher Report received from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Nick Diaz has tested positive for "marijuana metabolites." USAToday.com is also reporting the news.
Some will claim that the rematch should have never even been discussed in the first place, while others will opine that the rematch should have been booked before Diaz and Condit even walked out of the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, February 4.
The question now moves from should Diaz and Condit fight toward what does the UFC do with Nick Diaz? He’ll be subject to whatever suspension the Nevada State Athletic Commission deems acceptable, but will there be additional punishment doled out by the UFC?
If it was just this suspension, relating to the failed drug test, I would say, no, he would serve his NSAC time away from the sport and then he would be eligible to come back and step into the Octagon, much like Chael Sonnen did with his recent suspension, but there’s more to it with Diaz.
Ever since he signed with the UFC he’s been a thorn in the organization’s side. He cost the promotion countless dollars when he blew off media obligations and forced the UFC to remove him from the UFC 137 main event. He wasn’t cut then; he was instead booked to face BJ Penn in the co-main event a fight that eventually became the main event when Georges St-Pierre was forced to withdraw due to injury.
His actions after that fight, where he called St-Pierre out from the center of the Octagon after his win over Penn, had St-Pierre so incensed that the champion begged White and Zuffa CEO Lorenzo Fertitta to allow him to fight Diaz. This caused the cancellation of St-Pierre’s scheduled fight against Condit, another fight that never came to fruition due to another St-Pierre injury.
And now we have this, Diaz failing a drug test, the second failed drug test of his MMA career, the first coming after he defeated Takanori Gomi via Gogoplata at Pride 33 back in February 2007. For that positive test, also for marijuana, Diaz was suspended for six months and his victory was changed to a no contest.
There will be howling from both sides on this subject. One side will want to see Diaz released, the other will say past precedent should allow him to stay, and then there is the elephant in the room, FOX. Will FOX have a say in Diaz’s fate since it is now the UFC’s network TV partner?
The rematch between Diaz and Condit may have disappeared, but this just the start of things for Nick Diaz.