NSAC Tested Nick Diaz for Drugs Heading into UFC 137
By FCF Staff
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has tested and cleared Nick Diaz for drugs of abuse heading into the fighter’s UFC 137 bout with BJ Penn this Saturday in Las Vegas. The commission’s executive director, Keith Kizer, confirmed to FCF today that Diaz was administered a pre-fight test for substances of abuse, but not performance enhancing drugs.
Kizer added that the “major reason” the pre-fight test was conducted, was due to the fact that Diaz tested positive for marijuana use following his Pride 33 bout with Takanori Gomi in Las Vegas. As a result of Diaz’s failed drug test, the NSAC declared the February, 2007, fight a no contest, and reversed the veteran’s second round, submission win.
The executive director added to FCF today that Diaz was administered a pre-fight drug test to ensure that the accomplished fighter was “ok” heading into this Saturday’s bout.
In 2009, the California State Athletic Commission refused to grant Diaz a license, when the fighter failed to take a pre-fight drug test. Since then, however, Diaz has competed several times in California and has passed all administered tests.
The former Strikeforce champion will meet former UFC champ, BJ Penn, in the main event of this Saturday’s UFC 137 card, which will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center.