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UFC official reveals Nick Diaz didn’t cheat despite being suspended

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Nick Diaz’s name has emerged once again.

Last July it was revealed that former Strikeforce welterweight champion was in some trouble with the UFC and USADA.

Diaz had been provisionally suspended and is facing a UFC anti-doping policy violation for not properly filling out his whereabouts so he can be tested by USADA.

The UFC released a statement that said Diaz had accumulated three Whereabouts Failures within the last 12 months, which leads to a provisional suspension and potential anti-doping policy violation.

UFC fighters are required to have a USADA app on their phone, and they must fill out where they are going to be every day for the next three months.

This allows doping control officers to come and take their samples for random drug tests.

This marks the first time that a fighter is facing an anti-doping policy violation for three Whereabouts Failures in a 12-month period since the UFC partnered with USADA back in 2015.

The policy states for whereabouts, first-time offenders face anywhere from a six-month to a two-year suspension for three Whereabouts Failures in a 12-month period.

Diaz has not been seen in the Octagon since his bout with Anderson Silva in January 2015, which was later overturned to a no-contest after Silva tested positive for banned substances while Diaz failed a drug test in relation to that fight for marijuana and was suspended 18 months by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC).

UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky shed some light on Diaz’s one year suspension and if he thinks Diaz would return to the Octagon. Here is what he had to say (transcript courtesy of MMA Junkie):

“Nick was our first fighter that ran into the whereabouts issue. So he got three whereabouts failures in a rolling 12 months, so he’s currently going through that process.

It’s a tough one. I think he does (want to fight). I’ve sat down with him over the past couple months trying to resolve this whereabouts issues. The unfortunate thing there is, look, the whereabouts failures are there to catch people that are cheating and trying to avoid testing.

I just think Nick’s lifestyle led to those three whereabouts, not that he was trying to avoid testing. We’re trying to work through that. (Diaz) trusted certain individuals to do his whereabouts for him.

What I think happened was, over time, those individuals were in and out of his life, and it was unbeknownst to him that he was missing all these things. But again, there’s strict liability here. He’s currently under sanction, but we’re hoping to resolve that pretty quick.”

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