The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously in favor of temporarily suspending the former Strikeforce welterweight champion until a disciplinary hearing decides his fate later this year, which could be as soon as April.
When the next hearing takes place, Diaz and his team are obligated to present information regarding his 2007 meet with Takanori Gomi at Pride 33 (the bout was overturned to a no contest), where he first tested positive for marijuana, and as such was subsequently banned for a six-month period.
In addition, the NSAC requires evidence of his entire fight purse as well as any bonuses he may have received for the UFC 143 co-main event. Diaz is also compelled to produce his complete application that was handed in preceding the fight.
Albeit the Stocktonian is licensed to use marijuana for medicinal purposes in the state of California, NSAC will conduct their own investigation apropos the authenticity of his medication and will have the reports at hand when they reassemble sometime this year.
In light of his temporary suspension, Diaz was initially heading for a straight 12-month ban or more, with a hefty fine in tow. However, that could still be the case when the hearing convenes again at a date yet to be decided.
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