At the beginning of August, the 18-month suspension handed down to Nick Diaz by the Nevada Athletic Commission(NAC) after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites in January 2015 came to an end.
Or so we thought.
Then, just a couple of weeks later, some new facts came to light.
Diaz had failed to pay the remaining $75,000 of a $100,000 fine that accompanied the suspension, thus he had not actually been cleared to return to competition. More pertinently at that time, the unresolved issue meant that he would not be permitted to corner another fighter. Therefore, he would be forced to watch his brother Nate’s massive August 20th rematch with Conor McGregor on a TV far from the octagon, in one of the T-Mobile Arena’s luxury boxes.
However, on Wednesday, MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that the Stockton slugger has reached an agreement with the NAC which will allow him to “participate in all combat sport-related activities once again.”
The news comes only days after the passing of a deadline imposed by the NAC for the payment of the fine.
At this time, no details regarding the particulars of the agreement are available.
Diaz, a former Strikeforce welterweight champion, last fought on January 31st at UFC 183. He dropped a unanimous decision to former 185-pound kingpin and pound for pound number one Anderson Silva in a middleweight five-rounder, but the result was later changed to a no-contest, as Silva too tested positive for a banned substance.
The Brazilian, who twice tested positive for metabolites of the anabolic steroid drostanolone and once for androstane, was later handed a one-year suspension.