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Instant analysis: Nick Diaz’s positive test, what should happen next?

Steve Cofield

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Diaz looks relaxed before his fight at UFC 143 (Photo by Tracy Lee)

It's not the first time Nick Diaz and a state commission have battled over his marijuana use, but this time it could be a trend setter.

Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole broke the story that Diaz tested positive after his fight at UFC 143. If his penalty mirrors the one boxer Matt Vanda got last week from the NSAC, then Diaz will be fined $80,000 and be given a one-year suspension.

Is that fair? Should a violation for a marijuana test be the same as steroids? Iole reacted just minutes after the story broke on Las Vegas' ESPN1100/98.9 FM.

UFC president Dana White released a statement on the Diaz slip:

"I am beyond disappointed that he tested positive for marijuana," White said in the statement that the UFC distributed to the media. "It is now in the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission."

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