The Nevada State Athletic Commission shocked the MMA world by suspending Nick Diaz a whopping five years and issuing a $165,000 fine.
Diaz, who had failed his third drug test earlier this year, is widely seen as being treated unfairly — receiving unduly harsh penalties for infractions, which involve marijuana. Many of his supporters point to lesser penalties being levied from the NSAC to the likes of Anderson Silva, who Diaz faced at UFC 183 back in January. (Silva, who tested positive for anabolic steroids, received only a year suspension.)
Many have hoped for the UFC to offer a statement on the matter, but Ariel Helwani reported that the promotion declined comment.
UFC will not provide any comments on NAC's decision to suspend Nick Diaz for five years, I'm told.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 15, 2015
But today, UFC President Dana White broke the promotion’s silence…
As reported by Mookie Alexander at Bloody Elbow, a fan evinced frustration with Diaz’s penalty to White via Twitter today — calling the decision “bulls–t” and proclaiming “we need to know your thoughts.”
This promoting White to respond:
“What I think isn’t important,” he wrote. “I have no say in the matter. They don’t give a s–t what I think. People who know MMA know that.”
@RissyCrozay what I think isn't important. I have no say in the matter. They don't give a shit what I think. People who know MMA know that
— Dana White (@danawhite) September 15, 2015