Morning Report: Nick Diaz camp confirms negative UFC 158 drug test, requests further information from commission

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The Régie des alcools des courses et des jeux, Quebec's regulatory body, screened six of the 24 fighters who competed earlier this month at UFC 158. All six passed their post-fight drug tests.

Jonathan Tweedale, Nick Diaz's legal representative, confirmed on Thursday that Diaz was among the six fighters tested.

With step one now out of the way, Diaz's camp requested additional information from the commission before they file their expected complaint regarding the manner in which the drug tests were handled for Diaz's opponent, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

"Mr. Diaz's sample tested negative," Tweedale wrote to MMA Weekly. "We have now requested from the Quebec Commission (the Regie): A copy of the Regie's request to the laboratory specifying which substances the lab was asked to test the sample for (if any), and, a copy of any documents received from the lab conducting the drug testing showing the precise test results for Mr. Diaz for all substances the sample was actually tested for."

The commission declined to name the six fighters tested, though general protocol is for headliners to be among those selected. Diaz, of course, hurled accusations of steroid abuse at St-Pierre throughout the lead-up to UFC 158, and has since gone to war with the commission over multiple issues, including a dubious "off the record" change to weigh-in rules.

Diaz, through Tweedale, also announced earlier this week that he intended to retire from mixed martial arts unless given a rematch with St-Pierre or a title fight against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. So it's clear that this ongoing drama is far from over.

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MEDIA STEW

Let's kick off today with a classic straight out of 1974. Check out Muhammad Ali snatching a half-decent guillotine then pulling guard on Joe Frazier on NBC's Wide World Of Sports. (Things start to get heated around 0:58.)

(HT: Reddit)

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I don't even know what to say here.

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Absurd mohawk. Eight-second KO. Cecil f'ing Peoples as a referee. What more could you ask for?

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Salmon Smash would be a great band name. Just sayin'.

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"I actually saw a video of Belcher's trainer talking about their Russian complex system, their Russian block system. We've all read those textbooks, bro. I can go ahead and quote ... all that stuff to try to impress people on the internet. I'm here to let you know that I've been doing this for years. There's another level, bro, and you're about to see it." -- Michael Bisping's strength coach, going hard at the opposition.

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POOR GEGARD

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CHANGING IT UP

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HATERS GONNA HATE

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HAPPY CIGANO IS THE BEST CIGANO

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COLD BLOODED

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TAKE US INTO THE WEEKEND, MR. SONNEN

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Thursday, April 4, 2013):

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes to us from Florence Romeo, who writes: Ilir Latifi; and, the Fighter Who Kicked MMA's Nest

"The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose."

- James A. Baldwin

On Saturday, April 6, at UFC on Fuel 9, in Stockholm, Sweden, the role of "man" will be played by Ilir Latifi.

When it was announced Latifi would replace teammate Alexander Gustafsson in the main event against Gegard Mousasi, the name did little, if nothing, to spark interest in the mixed martial arts community. In fact, the online reaction has been quite the opposite. What began as a collective resonance of the word "who," is now a fervent rejection of not only Latifi, the Swedish MMA Federation, but the UFC, in general.

Less than one year ago, on Saturday, September 1, 2012, MMA fans stood waist-deep in empty stadium seats and a clean octagon mat, bewildered by the discarded remains of a cancelled UFC 151. "For the first time in 11 years, we are going to cancel an event." Those words hung in the air that night like flatulence in an elevator.

The MMA community at large was beyond frustrated, they wanted answers. However, the only viable solution UFC President Dana White could give is "this will never happen again."

So, here we stand, days away from a main event in tact, and a free-televised card, complaining with the same dissatisfactory tone.

For a moment, recall the debuts of Houston Alexander, Joe Lauzon and Junior dos Santos...men seemingly hand-picked to bolster the record and career of a few of UFC's notable stars. And remember on those nights it only took one punch to go from no-name to the name.

Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me on Twitter @shaunalshatti and we'll include it in Monday's column.

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