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NSAC Settles With Nick Diaz, Reduces Suspension to 18 Months, Fine to 100K

Today, Potato Nation, vindication is spelled S-T-O-C-K-T-O-N M-O-T-H-A-F-U-C-K-A-S.

Well, if not “vindication,” than at least something close to it. That’s because earlier today, Nick Diaz and the Nevada State Athletic Commission were able to reach a settlement regarding the absolutely bogus suspension he received after testing positive for marijuana metabolites back at UFC 183.

Details after the jump.

You see, the NSAC, for the bumbling, stubling, incompetente arsholes they are, found themselves in even more hot water than usual after slamming Diaz with an unprecedented five year ban in September, by which I mean that they received a string of alleged death threats ordering them to reduce Diaz’s suspension. There was also an online, less violent White House petition, but wgaf about that.

So with this unforeseen motivation to reconsider suddenly knocking at their doors, the NSAC responded by holding a quick and painless hearing this afternoon to renegotiate the terms of Diaz’s case. The result: Diaz’s suspension was reduced from five years to 18 months (retroactive to UFC 183) and his fine from $165,000 to $100,000.

While the settlement itself was not released to the public, we managed to get ourselves a copy of it thanks to Jeremy Botter.

Diaz’s new deal does not come without a couple stipulations, mind you. Mainly, that Diaz will have to provide 3 urine samples in the month leading to his next fight in Nevada. Why the UFC would be stupid enough to book Diaz another fight in Las Vegas is beyond me, but there you go.

While this settlement is undoubtedly the silver lining in the gray cloud that was Diaz’s fighting future, it bears mentioning that it’s still kind of insane. Rousimar Palhares, for instance, received just a two year suspension and a $40,000 fine for nearly ripping Jake Shields‘ arm off at WSOF 22, and Anderson Silva received just a year suspension after testing positive for a cocktail of steroids in the same fight.

So yeah, it’s not quite justice, but in any case, the reduced suspension now means that Diaz will be eligible to compete on August 1st. Following the suspension he will inevitably receive following *that* fight, look forward to seeing Diaz return to action sometime in 2020.

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