Why this matters

Ben Fowlkes, MMA senior writer: What makes a move such as this from a state athletic commission so significant is primarily the change in bout outcomes. Over the years, punishments and fines from positive marijuana tests have gotten smaller and more minor, to the point of being little more than an annoyance. But prominent commissions like the one in Nevada still overturn the wins of fighters who have tested positive for marijuana, changing victories to no-contests solely because of the drug test. UFC fighters like Kevin Croom and Trevin Jones had wins taken away from them recently due to positive marijuana tests. The most famous example may be Nick Diaz’s thrilling submission win over Takanori Gomi in Nevada in 2007, now often known as the greatest no-contest in MMA history due to Diaz’s subsequent…



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