It appears the Nevada Athletic Commission may finally be coming to its senses. After handing UFC welterweight Nick Diaz (pictured) a ridiculous five year suspension for his third positive marijuana test, the NAC and Diaz’s representatives are in talks to reduce the ban.
“Just spoke with my legal team at Campbell & Williams and talks with the NV athletic commission are going well. We’re working hard with them to get this right. Thanks for the support,” Diaz posted late Tuesday night on his official Instagram.
In September, the NAC suspended Diaz and docked him $165,000 (33 percent of his $500,000 purse) for flunking his UFC 183 post-fight drug test for marijuana metabolites. His bout against Anderson Silva took place January 31.
Outside of the fact the NAC is trying to make an example out of Diaz for merely smoking weed, albeit getting busted for the third time under their watch, what really has many in the MMA community in an uproar is that Silva was only banned for one year after multiple performance-enhancing drugs were discovered in his system on two separate occasions after beating Diaz (the outcome was subsequently overturned to a no contest).
The NAC has come under heavy heat from irate Diaz supporters for their harsh actions. Various reports are suggesting they will significantly reduce Diaz’s suspension, allowing him to return to action by the summer of 2016.
Diaz, who just turned 32 in August, hasn’t won a fight since beating BJ Penn at UFC 137 in 2011, but remains one of MMA’s more popular athletes.