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Nick Diaz’s Suspension Not Yet Lifted Says Executive Director Of Nevada Commission

Earlier today, Ariel Helwani alerted his Twitter followers to the fact that it is exactly a year since the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down a 5-year suspension to Nick Diaz for testing positive for marijuana metabolites on January 31st 2015, the night that he faced Anderson Silva at UFC 183.

Of course, the NAC eventually reduced that suspension to 18 months, with public pressure seemingly playing a major role in their decision.

That 18 month period came to an end on August 1st of this year, but according to the NAC’s Executive Director Bob Bennett, Diaz’s suspension did not. And more than a month on, the Stockton fighter’s ban still hasn’t been lifted.

Bennett told Damon Martin of Fox Sports that, to the best of his knowledge, Diaz has not paid the fine that was handed down along with the suspension. In order for him to be eligible for a licence to compete, the 33-year-old Cesar Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt would have to do so.

This is no small matter, as the fine in question is a hefty one.

Originally Diaz was penalized 33% of his purse for the Silva fight, which amounted to somewhere in the region of $165,000. However, when the NAC cut the length of the suspension, they also knocked a few dollars off the fine – reducing it to a mere $100,000.

Diaz’s name has been mentioned in relation to some big names recently, such as a possibly returning Georges St-Pierre and, rather fancifully, Conor McGregor. Newly crowned UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has spoken of facing the veteran and rumours were rife in recent days that he might step in to replace Robbie Lawler opposite Donald Cerrone at UFC 205, although Ariel Helwani denied that there was anything to these murmurings.

If one of the more lucrative options mentioned here or some other financially attractive fight presents itself, we are sure Diaz will fork over the cash. However, with this added expense, the former Strikeforce champ isn’t likely to be interested in any easing his way back into competition with gimme fights against lower-level, lesser-known opposition. Only mega fights will be worth his while.

Nick’s brother, Nate, and Conor McGregor are also facing possible fines from the NAC as a result of their actions at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference.

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