Mixed martial arts veteran and UFC great Nick Diaz has not competed inside the octagon since facing off against former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva back at UFC 183 in 2015. However, it would appear that the fighter may soon be cleared to compete once again.
Nick Diaz failed his post-fight drug test of UFC 183 for marijuana metabolites. Diaz was given a five-year suspension for the drug test failure and fined the fighter $165,000. Following an appeal, the suspension was reduced to 18 months and the fine to $100,000.
The fighter then faced another suspension from the sport back in 2017 concerning a UFC anti-doping policy violation in which Diaz failed to properly communicate his whereabouts to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Now ESPN’s Brett Okamoto has reported that Diaz and USADA have reached an agreement concerning the suspension. The fighter has been dealt a one-year suspension retroactive to the date of the incident. Diaz’s suspension will be lifted April 19, 2018.
Nick Diaz will soon once again be eligible to resume his career inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).