According to NSAC director Bob Bennett, Anderson Silva’s win over Nick Diaz never happened, and the entire bout has been converted to a “no contest.” The change occurred despite Silva’s continued denial that he engaged in any wrongdoing that caused him to test positive for two performance enhancing drugs. Bennett explained, “Yes, it will be ruled a [no contest]. I don’t know if he will receive the win bonus after this change. That’s UFC’s call, but a percentage of his purse will be held because of this episode.”
Of course, despite this being a serious bummer for a recently jubilant Silva, the news is amazing because it means that Nick Diaz didn’t actually lose. Despite being an underdog to arguably the greatest fighter of all time and suffering what appeared to be a pretty lopsided defeat, Nick Diaz did not really lose at all. He reclined on the mat like a 1940s pinup model for a while, and still did not lose. Nick tested positive for freaking marijuana. And yet, he did not actually lose. Yes, Diaz even walked around with his elbow sticking out like some kind of deranged chicken, and despite his best efforts to invite almost certain failure, he didn’t get around to actually failing.
It may be the most miraculous non-loss in the history of Mixed Martial Arts, considering how much effort Diaz put in to losing. And so, it seems fitting that Nick’s greatest career victory was not even a true win, but rather a Houdini-esque brush with almost certain failure, that resulted in an official record of nothing happening at all.
Update From Fox Sports!!! (Because the NAC doesn’t know what they are doing)
@MiddleEasy The fight hasn’t been changed to a no contest. The commission has to vote on that to happen
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) February 7, 2015