If you’ve been seething with anger, or just annoyance, ever since the Nevada Commission suspended Nick Diaz for five years, well, it looks like things are looking up.
As everyone throughout the MMA world knows, and even some folks outside of it, Diaz was suspended for five years after testing positive for marijuana this past January. Diaz has tested positive for the drug two times before, but no one though the Stockton star would be suspended for that long.
After the decision was announced, many fighters, fans and industry personalities spoke out against the severity of the sentence. A petition to the Federal Government to have the “ban” lifted received over 100,000 signatures.
Well, recently MMA Fighting.com reported that a source has confirmed to the outlet that Diaz’s legal team is in talks with the Commission, and that the fighter could return to action in 2016…How about that? This would mean Diaz would be 33 years old, rather than 37 for his next bout.
In addition, Mr. Diaz himself, recently posted the following on Instagram:
Just spoke with my legal team at Campbell & Williams and talks with the NV athletic commission are going well. We’re working hard with them to get this right. Thanks for the support. @cesargraciebjj @natediaz209 @krongraciejiujitsu @riokid @rcsspence @matheusandre1 @graciefighterlodi @graciearmy209kids #jiujitsu #lodijiujitsu #mma @ufc
Here’s hoping all this comes to pass and we get to see Diaz back in the Octagon next year.
Diaz was suspended following a decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 183. The latter tested positive for PEDs, however, and the bout was overturned to a no-contest. Silva was suspended for one year.