Following the incidents which unfolded in the run-in to UFC 202, the tension which has manifested itself between Nate Diaz’s ‘Skrap Pack’ and Conor McGregor’s ‘Straight Blast Gym’ teammates will surely endure beyond tonights proceedings.
To that end, the presence of their respective band of brothers will play an imperative role in the fighter’s own personal preparation as McGregor and Diaz each prepare for what is arguably the biggest fights of their careers.
However, one such name who will possibly not be present at octagon-side is that of Nate’s brother, Nick.
NSAC executive director, Bob Bennett confirmed to FOX Sports that Nick will have to dig deep into his pockets if he wants to be present at his brothers side as he is still technically suspended having failed to fully pay his fine after testing positive for marijuana following his last fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 183.
Speaking via e-mail, Bennett addressed the issue and made it perfectly clear why Nick was still banned.
“As of this date, Nick Diaz is not permitted to work the corner of his brother Nate because he is still suspended,” Bennett said. “I contacted the UFC two-to-three weeks ago regarding Nevada Administrative Code 467 in an effort to clarify and confirm the conditions that would allow Nick to work Nate’s corner.
“The Nevada State Athletic Commission made a concerted effort to keep everyone involved in the fight regarding our Codes as we thought Nate would request his brother to work his corner.
“Additionally, we provided them information as to who to contact at the Attorney General’s Office in an effort for Nick to be in compliance with his written settlement/agreement. I was informed by the UFC they contacted Nick and/or his manager and advised them what our regulations require to accommodate the possible request.”
“Although the term of Mr Diaz’s suspension expired on August 1, 2016, he remains on suspension pursuant to term 1.03 of his Settlement Agreement because he has failed to either pay his fine in full (his balance is $75,000) or enter into an approved payment plan,” Bennett said. “As such, the prohibitions of NAC 467.895 apply to Mr Diaz at this time.”
So while Diaz’s eighteen month suspension was expected to be served by August 1, Bennett has informed that the Stockton native is still yet to pay $75,000 of the original £100,000 fine.
Failure to fork out this sum tonight will see Nick banned from cornering his brother, sitting in the first six rows octagon side, and making any form of contact or communication with Nate, his coaches or any teammates inside the arena or near the dressing room ahead of the mammoth bout.