Fans of the fight game will know by now that Nick Diaz and USADA have crossed paths before. It now appears as though Nick has found himself in trouble with the anti-doping body once again.
Despite suffering a decision loss to Anderson Silva way back in January 2015, Nick Diaz remained one of the biggest names in MMA.
However, a failed drugs test in the aftermath of that defeat means we haven’t seen Diaz fight since. The Stockton native was originally handed a five-year suspension from the sport.
Though this was later reduced to 18 months, over two years have passed and still we wait for the return. The former Strikeforce champion has shown little to no interest in fighting again.
The decision may be taken out of Diaz’s hands, however, as he may once again find himself in trouble with USADA.
Per MMA Junkie, the latest issue surrounding the elder of the Diaz brothers are allegations of missed drugs tests.
The three alleged missed drugs tests reportedly came over a 12-month period leading to USADA flagging the fighter who last fought at middleweight for ‘whereabouts failures.’
Although Diaz has pretty much been in retirement since his defeat to Silva, this may completely shut the door on a comeback should he be found in breach of USADA regulations.
The full statement on Nick Diaz current situation is as follows:
“The UFC organization has been notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Nick Diaz of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from Diaz’s alleged accumulation of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period. Diaz, like all other UFC athletes, is enrolled in USADA’s UFC Registered Testing Pool and required to file accurate Whereabouts information in order to be located for out-of-competition, no-notice testing.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of Diaz’s case, who has been provisionally suspended pending the final resolution of this matter. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
For now, it would appear we will never witness Nick inside the octagon ever again. Dana White professed as much yesterday.
Those in support of Diaz will hold out hope, though. We’ll just have to hope Nate will find encouragement to fight once again.
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena