Several fighters have weighed in on the suspension that’s been handed Nick Diaz, and Alexander Gustafsson has also shared his thoughts on the controversial subject.
Diaz was suspended for five years last week, after testing positive for marijuana, for a third time, earlier this year. While some believe Diaz should be punished, the consensus seems to be a five year suspension is way, way too harsh. Henry Cejudo, for example, has refused to fight in Nevada as a result of the decision. Ronda Rousey blasted the suspension as “unfair”.
Well, recently Gustafsson spoke with MMA Junkie.com, and while doing so, he had this to say about the suspension.
“People have been getting caught for much more serious things, substances that affect training and they get less punishment,” Gustafsson said. “I was shocked. I think it was sad to see. Of course, he should be punished for what he’s done. Marijuana is not ok, I’m not supporting that at all. It’s an illegal substance. But, still, five years and so much money. It’s unreasonable.”
“The Mauler” went on to say that he’d still fight in Nevada, but noted Diaz’s suspension is bad for the sport.
Gustafsson is booked for a huge fight next, of course, as he’ll take on light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier on October 3rd. The Swedish star will be fighting for the first time since January, when he was stopped by Anthony Johnson. Cormier tapped out the latter in May to become champ.