Nick Diaz is ready to resume his MMA career .
That’s because the Stockton native and the Nevada Athletic Commission recently reached an agreement which will once again allow Diaz to participate in all fight-related activities in the state of Nevada.
It can be recalled that Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites during a post-fight drug test related to his UFC 183 bout against Anderson Silva. Initially, Diaz was handed down a five-year ban plus a fine of one third of his $500K purse. The penalty was harsh because Diaz was a repeat offender, having also tested positive for marijuana in 2007 and 2012. Diaz went to court and settled with the NAC to reduce the sentence to 18 months and the fine to $100K. The suspension ended last August but because Diaz still owed the NAC $75K from the fine, he wasn’t allowed to corner his brother Nate during UFC 202, where the younger Diaz faced Conor McGregor in a their highly-anticipated rematch.
Prior to settling with the NAC, Diaz was given a deadline of December 1, 2016 to settle the balance of his fine. It’s unclear if Diaz would have been meted additional punishment had he not complied with the deadline. Terms of the settlement aren’t available as of press time although what’s important is the UFC will be getting one of its more popular fighters back on its active roster.
Diaz hasn’t fought in nearly a year since losing to Anderson Silva at UFC 183. The loss was later overturned to a no-contest after Silva also tested positive for a banned substance. Nick Diaz hasn’t won since beating B.J. Penn at UFC 137 in 2011. After beating Penn, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion lost two title fights to Carlos Condit (interim title bout at UFC 143) and to Georges St-Pierre (at UFC 158). Despite his inactivity, Diaz remains one of the most popular fighters in the UFC. After his suspension ended last August, current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley was angling for a fight with him. Most recently, current UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping called him out to a fight at UFC 206. With Diaz a free man now, it will be interesting to see who Dana White will book him against.
Who do you want to see Nick Diaz to fight next?