Well, how about that. The Nevada Athletic Commission has finally swallowed their pride and did right by UFC star Nick Diaz (pictured).
During Tuesday’s NAC meeting, it was revealed the two sides reached a settlement to reduce the ridiculous five-year suspension the commission handed Diaz in September after flunking his UFC 183 drug test for marijuana. Diaz is now banned just 18 months, retroactive to his January 31, 2015 bout against Anderson Silva.
Diaz’s previous $165,000 (33 percent of his $500,000 UFC 183 purse) fine was also lowered to $100,000.
Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com first reported the deal.
This marked the third time the controversial Diaz had failed a marijuana test under the NAC’s watch.
Diaz was suspended a year after testing positive for weed following a loss to Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight title at UFC 143 in 2012, and banned six months after his upset victory (which was subsequently overturned to a no contest) over Takanori Gomi at Pride 33 in 2007.
The entire MMA community seemed to rally around Diaz after the NAC’s unjust five-year punishment. Boxer Floyd Mayweather, who has made Nevada hundreds of millions of dollars during his illustrious career, even stuck up for Diaz.
What upset many was that Silva, who initially posted a unanimous decision victory over Diaz at UFC 183, flunked multiple tests for multiple performance-enhancing drugs and was only handed a one-year suspension.
His win over Diaz has since been overturned to a no contest.
Diaz is eligible to return to action as early as August 1, 2016. He turns 33 the following day. Happy Birthday, Nick D!
Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, Nick Diaz is free at last. Until he flunks his next drug test for weed, of course…