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Nevada State Athletic Commission Reaches Settlement Agreements for Nate Diaz, Jon Jones, and Brock Lesnar Cases

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 30: Brock Lesnar announces his retirement in the Octagon after losing to Alistair Overeem during the UFC 141 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

In hearings that took place on Thursday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) took action to approve settlement agreements regarding the cases of Nate Diaz, Brock Lesnar, and Jon Jones.  All three fighters had various infractions before the committee for consideration.  With today’s action, the NSAC considers these cases closed.  The NSAC did not release full details of the agreements.

Jones (22-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) was suspended for one year as a result of a violation of the UFC’s anti-doping program.  In Jones’ defense arguments during an arbitration hearing before USADA, he cited a tainted sexual enhancement supplement for the positive test.  The commission indicated that their penalty for Jones was identical to the one handed down by USADA after that hearing.  No fine was levied on Jones as he was pulled from the UFC 200 card due to the violation.  Jones will be eligible to compete again as of July 7, 2017.

NSAC offered almost no information in the case of Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC), who was before the commission due to the bottle-throwing incident that he was involved in prior to UFC 202 when he faced Conor McGregor.  They only noted that the penalty was “in accordance with consistance” with how McGregor was penalized.  A report on ESPN.com said that Diaz would be fined 2.5 percent of his $2 million fight purse and serve 50 hours community service.

Lesnar (6-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will also be serving a one-year suspension due to failed drug tests after his bout with Mark Hunt at UFC 200, and was fined a reported $250,000.  Representatives for Lesnar requested continuance in the case to permit time for chemical testing of creams and medications that may have been contaminated, resulting in the positive test.  The result of Lesnar’s fight with Hunt was changed to a no contest.

Noteworthy in the Lesnar hearing was the presence of Joseph Gonnella, a representative of Mark Hunt.  He had asked to be heard prior to the NSAC vote to accept the settlement with Lesnar.  This was a deviation in standard procedure, which confused the commissioners.  Instead, his remarks were moved to the public comment segment of the meeting.  At that point, Gonnella declined comment, citing that he had not seen the adjudication agreement prior to passage.

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About Bill Wentz (1520 Articles)
Ring-Rap.com's Senior Columnist, writing with the site since 2009 and a lifelong wrestling fan dating all the way back to the early Wrestlemania years. As a strongly opinionated fan, you can get my thoughts regularly on Ring Rap Audio and Around the Ring on Thursdays, as well as in "Wentz's Blog" in print. Look for my live show reports as well for MMA, WWE, ROH, and more. Outside of wrestling, I have a strong obsession with trucks, winning awards statewide with a truck dubbed the "Brahma Bull Edition." Interact with me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan or by email at bwentz@ring-rap.com

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