Nick Diaz, Nevada Commission Reach Settlement; 5-Year Suspension Reduced to 18 Months

By Tristen Critchfield Jan 12, 2016

It wasn’t nearly the spectacle that the previous hearing between the two parties provided, but the Nevada Athletic Commission has reached a settlement with Nick Diaz.

The NAC unanimously passed the settlement during a hearing on Tuesday. Although terms were not initially disclosed, multiple outlets have reported that Diaz’s suspension was reduced to 18 months and his fine lowered to $100,000. “UFC Tonight” first brought word of a potentially reduced punishment in November.

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The 18-month term will be retroactive to his Jan. 31 bout with Anderson Silva, so Diaz could return to the Octagon as soon as August.

The Stockton, Calif., native was initially given a five-year suspension and fined $165,000 for testing positive for marijuana following his UFC 183 clash with Silva. It was the fighter’s third failed test in Nevada, although only one of his three samples was above the minimum threshold for marijuana in the state.

Diaz’s lengthy suspension prompted outrage both in and out of the MMA community, and an online petition to the White House to get the ruling overturned garnered more than 100,000 signatures.


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