Nick Diaz has reached a settlement with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in relation to a 2015 drug test failure. The settlement will now allow Diaz to compete in the state, as well as participate in other fight week activities like cornering fighters. MMA Fighting was the first to break the story.
Diaz had been suspended by the NSAC for 18 months and fined $100,000 after failing a drug test in 2015 after UFC 183. While Diaz served the full 18 months of his suspension, he didn’t pay the fine in full, which was the main reason he couldn’t corner his brother Nate Diaz against UFC Lightweight Champion (then UFC Featherweight Champion) Conor McGregor at both UFC 196 and then UFC 202.
The former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion has now apparently paid the $100,000 fine, which has now given him the opportunity to return to the cage.
Diaz hasn’t competed since a no contest against Anderson Silva at UFC 183 (Silva also failed a drug test) and he hasn’t earned a victory in over five years. His last win came over former UFC Welterweight Champion and former UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn at UFC 137 in October 2011.