Good news for Nick Diaz fans.
The Nevada Athletic Commission and Nick Diaz have come to a settlement on Tuesday following which the NAC has reduced its penalty against Diaz.
MMA Fighting reports that as per the settlement, Diaz will now face suspension of 18 months (retroactively) and will be fined $100,000 in his marijuana case, after he tested positive at UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015.
The NAC in their earlier hearing in September handed down Diaz a suspension of five years and fined him $165,000 causing a huge cry and stir not only in the MMA World but outside its domain too for fans, fighters, celebrities and politicians voiced their opinion against the decision. An online White House petition was also started to get it overturned which earned more than 100,000 signatures.
The controversy erupted when Diaz was suspended for a failed drug test taken around his fight at UFC 183 against Anderson Silva. The case involved two clean tests taken by Diaz, both accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The one failed test however, came from a non-accredited WADA lab.
It was Diaz’s third marijuana violation in the state and NAC also accused him of lying on his pre-fight questionnaire about not having taken any drugs in the 30 days before the fight.
The reduced suspension means that Nick Diaz will complete his suspension on July 31st, 2016. Diaz was not in attendance at the NAC hearing.