clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

UFC exec Matt Hughes: 'Punk' Diaz can't expect leniency

UFC Hall of Fame inductee Matt Hughes thinks Nick Diaz needs to change the way he conducts himself in front of the NAC.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, former Bellator featherweight and bantamweight champion Joe Warren took a different stance to Nick Diaz' five-year suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Warren said Diaz should have obeyed the rules, and now, UFC Hall of Famer and executive Matt Hughes has voiced his criticism of the Stockton local.

As well as receiving a five year suspension, 32-year-old Diaz also received a hefty $165,000 fine for his misconduct. The former Strikeforce welterweight champion tested positive for marijuana metabolites for the third time when he fought Anderson Silva at UFC 183.

Diaz's lawyer Lucas Middlebrook presented a sound defense to the commission, pointing out how his client had passed two out of three drug tests on the night of UFC 183, but the NAC were adamant in their conviction of Diaz.

Here's what Matt Hughes had to say about the issue on Twitter earlier today:

Nick Diaz' opponent Anderson Silva tested positive for two anabolic steroids on the night of UFC 183: androstane and drostanolone. 'The Spider' was suspended for one year (retroactive Jan 31st) and could return to the Octagon as early as February, next year.

Matt Hughes retired in 2013 after suffering two consecutive KO's to B.J. Penn and Josh Koscheck. The former welterweight champion now serves as the VP of Athlete Development and Government Relations within the UFC.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bloody Elbow Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your MMA and UFC news from Bloody Elbow