UFC fighter Nick Diaz received a five-year suspension Monday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for marijuana use.
In addition, Diaz was dealt a $165,000 fine from his Jan. 31 earnings for a decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 183, after which he tested positive for marijuana.
This is Diaz's third suspension for usage of the illegal substance, with his previous punishments occurring in 2006 and 2012.
At the hearing, Diaz repeatedly used the fifth amendment to avoid self-incrimination. His attorney Lucas Middlebrook attempted to disprove the NSAC by saying that the results of one of Diaz's drug tests were faulty.
After UFC 183, Diaz's first and last drug tests were negative and were analyzed by the WADA-accredited Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory, while his second test was positive and analyzed by Quest Diagnostics.
Diaz will appeal the sanctions.
Watch his post-decision tirade below:
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