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UFC’s Leslie Smith Also Vows to Not Fight in Nevada After Nick Diaz Suspension

Kelsey Mowatt

Leslie Smith

It’s been a few days now since the Nevada Commission pretty much handed Nick Diaz a lifetime suspension, and the fallout from the decision isn’t done yet.

Earlier in the week the NSAC announced that it has suspended Diaz for five years, as a result of testing positive for marijuana this past January. It marked the the third time the star–who is medically licensed to use marijuana in California– has tested positive for weed.

Since Diaz is 32 years-old, it’s difficult to imagine the former Strikeforce champ fighting again, unless he’s able to launch a successful appeal. After news of the lengthy suspension was announced, many fighters and observers have spoken out, including Ronda Rousey. Henry Cejudo has relayed he’s not interested in fighting in Nevada anymore as a result, and recently Leslie Smith posted the following on Sqor:

I am making a statement and will stand with my fellow fighters Nick Diaz, and Henry Cejudo and refuse to fight in Nevada while this draconian and arbitrary punishment against Nick is in place. This situation is just the latest example demonstrating the need for mixed martial artists to stand together, to influence our sport, and have our voices heard by speaking together as the mixed martial arts fighters association.

Smith is a teammate of Diaz, so her response may not be all that surprising, but it will be interesting to see if more fighters follow suit here. And if so, will the NSAC reconsider its decision?

Diaz returned to the Octagon this past January, and was decisioned by Anderson Silva. The latter, however, tested positive for PEDs and the bout was declared a no-contest. Silva is suspended until the end of January, 2016.

Chances are we’re not doing hearing about this issue yet. Not even close.

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