Nick Diaz Reaches Settlement with NAC, Cleared to Fight, Corner in Nevada

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 8, 2016


Nick Diaz is finally free to participate in combat sports activities in Nevada.

Sherdog.com confirmed with Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett on Thursday that Diaz has agreed on a payment plan with the Attorney General, clearing him to compete and corner other fighters in the state. MMAFighting.com first reported the news.

Diaz was initially suspended five years and fined $165,000 for testing positive for marijuana following his bout with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in January 2015. However, the Stockton, Calif., native reached a settlement with the NAC reducing his suspension to 18 months and fine to $100,000.

While Diaz’s suspension ended in August, he was not allowed to corner his brother Nate Diaz in bouts against Conor McGregor at UFC 196 and UFC 202 in Las Vegas because he did not pay his fine in full. Exact terms of the new agreement were not disclosed.

Diaz, 33, hasn’t competed since facing Silva in the UFC 183 headliner, a bout he lost via unanimous decision but was later changed to a no contest after his opponent also failed a drug test. The ex-Strikeforce champion does not currently have a fight scheduled.

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