USADA strikes once again, this time Nick Diaz is in the firing line! Nick Diaz has “missed” three USADA tests in the past 12 months and following procedures have now informed the UFC of a potential violation for the UFC star.
USADA’s procedures specifically state that any athlete on their registered testing pool must notify USADA of their whereabouts at all times. Although Diaz has not fought since 2015, he is still an ‘active’ fighter and so must inform USADA of his whereabouts, due to this failure he has now been suspended pending further investigations.
The UFC released the following statement on the matter:
“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 rest 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”
This recent development may not phase Diaz however, as UFC President Dana White has recently stated that he believes Diaz has no desire to return to fighting and he believes Diaz will not return to the Octagon again, and will subsequently retire.
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