After receiving an absolutely absurd five year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) due to a positive test for Marijuana metabolites, outspoken UFC welterweight Nick Diaz recently reached a settlement agreement, lessening his suspension to 18 months.
The Stockton Bad Boy is already working for his return and with the agreement in place he’ll be eligible to compete again on August 1, 2016.
Despite only scoring one victory in his last four bouts, Diaz is a fan favorite and a huge draw for the UFC, meaning he could be gearing up for a massive bout upon his return. A rematch with reigning 170 pound king “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler could even potentially be looming on the horizon, as crazy as that may seem.
When a fan pitched the idea to UFC president Dana White on twitter, the boss seemed enticed:
— Dana White (@danawhite) January 13, 2016
While the two men have indeed met before, that was 12 years ago back at UFC 47. The Stockton native got the better of the “Ruthless” one, scoring a vicious second round knockout, but each combatant has obviously evolved and changed immensely sense.
Lawler specifically is no longer a young, reckless, under motivated fighter, but a relentless, lethal, and focused champion.
That being said, the clash of styles is intriguing nonetheless and the UFC would most likely look to book such an enormous bout.
Crazier things have happened in mixed martial arts (MMA), but would you like to see Lawler vs. Diaz II for the title?