Nothing has been going well for Kazuhiro Nakamura as he debuted in the octagon at UFC
76-Knockout when he fought and lost to Lyoto Machida via a unanimous decision. Thereafter, he was told that he tested positive for marijuana. As an athlete, when you test positive for recreational drugs in the state of California, you are issued both a fine and a suspension. In Nakamura’s case, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) gave Nakamura a $500 USD fine and a 3 month suspension.
Nakamura denied any use of illegal drugs since the very day he was tested positive. He has been given a chance to appeal his results and the set date for his appeal will be on October 31st. His coaches and the Japanese fans are outraged with the results because marijuana is considered extremely anti-cultural.
Sean Sherk, the current lightweight champion of the UFC, will also have his appeal on October 31st. Sherk tested positive for elevated testosterone levels and nandrolone at UFC 73 when he faced Hermes Franca. He pulled off a win and was able to defend his lightweight belt. However, if he is found guilty, his belt will be stripped and he will be suspended for 1 year.