Nick Diaz is slated to throw down with former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the UFC 183 main event on Super Bowl Weekend in Las Vegas, but it looks like he’s got another fight on his hands first.
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Diaz was arrested in Lodi, Calif., at 2:20 a.m. on Sept. 6 on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), obstructing a police officer, destruction of evidence, and driving with a suspended license, according to Lodi Police Department Sgt. Steve Maynard, who confirmed an initial report by the Lodi News-Sentinel to MMAWeekly.com.
In clarifying the charges, Sgt. Maynard told MMAWeekly.com that Diaz was “actually cordial and polite” during the arrest, but that the obstructing a police officer charge stemmed from an incident during the arrest. Diaz requested to use the bathroom during the arrest process, and when an officer accompanied him, Diaz tried to induce his own vomiting, which would have altered the affects of ingesting alcohol or other influential substances.
Diaz’s arraignment should be 21 days after his arrest.
“We are aware of the (Nick Diaz arrest) situation and are in the process of gathering the facts,” read a UFC statement to MMAWeekly.com. “We understand that there is a legal process that will now take place and that Nick Diaz will have the opportunity to address the situation in the near future.”
On July 24, Diaz inked a new three-fight deal with the UFC ending his pseudo-retirement. Following his UFC 158 loss to then-champion Georges St-Pierre on March 16, 2013, Diaz announced that he was hanging up his gloves. A fight with Silva was enough to entice the Stockton native back to the cage.
A short time later, the UFC booked the fight between Diaz and Silva.
At the time of publication, there had been no response from UFC officials for a request for comment on Diaz’s DUI arrest.
(Erik Fontanez contributed to this report.)