Nick Diaz free at last in Nevada

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Nick Diaz fought Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on January 31, 2015. Silva failed a test for the performance-enhancing drugs drostanolone and androsterone and was suspended for a year. At the same event, Nick passed highly-reliable tests for the demon weed marijuana. However, due to a less reliable test result, the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) suspended Diaz for five years and fined him $165,000.

UFC drug czar Jeff Novitzky explained respectfully the NAC got it wrong to no avail.

Diaz fought back legally, and the commission quietly changed the five years to 18 months, retroactively to the date of the “offense” and reduced the fine to $100,000. Diaz paid off $25,000 of it, but an unjust, offensive $75,000 remained. So the NAC banned Nick from being in Nate’s corner vs. McGregor.

In addition, Nick wasn’t allowed in the first six rows, or the locker room, or even communicate with his own brother or his brother’s corner. Nick felt strongly that had he been allowed in Nate’s corner, it would have made the winning difference.

Now Ariel Helwani reports for MMA Fighting that Diaz has reached an agreement with the NAC, and finally free to participate in all fight-related activities.

Helwani reports that Diaz had to pay the remaining $75,000 or come to terms for same by Dec. 1, 2016. He has now worked out a repayment plan. Diaz, the realest fighter in a sport that prides itself on being as real as it gets has not fought since January of 2015. He has no fights booked at present, but when he does, if there is any justice at all, it will be a huge one.