The saga of UFC welterweight turned middleweight and former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz will continue, as the fighter has a settlement hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) scheduled for next week (January 12, 2016) according to MMAFighting.com.
Diaz faced off with legendary former middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva in the main event of last January’s UFC 183, dropping a unanimous decision that would later be changed to a no contest.
The situation became a bit shaky, however, when it was reported that “The Stockton Bad Boy” had tested positive for Marijuana metabolites surrounding the fight, an offense that didn’t seem too surprising nor too impactful to the MMA community.
For that reason, fans, fighters, and media members were absolutely blown away when Diaz received a ludicrous five year suspension along with a $165,000 fine from the commission. Granted this was the fighter’s third offense in Las Vegas, but the punishment was still considered to be baffling.
To make matters even worse, Silva, who tested positive for multiple performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), only received a one year suspension and a lesser fine.
That being said, Diaz and his team made it clear that they would be appealing the decision, and the commission announced this past October that they were in negotiations with the fighter’s team regarding a settlement agreement.
That agreement will be discussed next week when Diaz appears before the commission barring any changes which is very possible given the fact that hearings often get pushed back.
It seems as if Diaz is planning to fight in the near future, and if all goes well, we could see “The Stockton Bad Boy” deservingly back in action some time later this year, or at the least, much less than five years from now.