If for more months you’ve nearly gone into a fit of rage anytime you thought about Nick Diaz’s five year suspension, well, you may have cause to chill out…
As has been expected would be the case, today it’s being reported that the Nevada Commission has decided to reduce Diaz’s suspension from five years to 18 months. In addition, the organization has cut the $165,000 fine they imposed on him last year to $100,000.
All of this goes back to the sentence the Nevada Commission handed Diaz last year, following his third positive test for marijuana. The lengthy suspension, which in many respects was a lifetime ban for a 32 year-old fighter, sparked widespread outcry throughout the MMA world.
As a result of today’s decision, Diaz will be eligible to fight again this August. It will be good to see him back.
Diaz hasn’t fought since he faced Anderson Silva last January, and lost via decision. Due to the latter’s positive test for PEDs, however, it was overturned to a no-contest.