Leave it to Nick Diaz to be in trouble with USADA and the UFC despite having not fought with the promotion in over two years.
Diaz is in trouble for violating USADA’s whereabouts program — a program that requires UFC fighters to list the locations where they will be so that USADA can perform surprise tests on them.
According to a UFC statement, Diaz has failed to notify USADA of his whereabouts three times, and has therefore been provisionally suspended.
The UFC organization has been notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Nick Diaz of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from Diaz’s alleged accumulation of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period. Diaz, like all other UFC athletes, is enrolled in USADA’s UFC Registered Testing Pool and required to file accurate Whereabouts information in order to be located for out-of-competition, no-notice testing.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of Diaz’s case, who has been provisionally suspended pending the final resolution of this matter. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
The incident is hardly Diaz’s first run-in with USADA. The former Strikeforce Champion is known for his love of marijuana and has gotten in trouble more than once with the anti-doping authorities for his love of Mary Jane.
UFC President Dana White recently said he doesn’t expect Nick Diaz to fight again.