It came to light on Friday that Nick Diaz – who is slated to return to the Octagon opposite Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 – was arrested on Sept. 6 under suspicion of driving under the influence, among other charges, including obstructing a police officer.
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A few hours later, FoxSports.com uncovered further information pointing to Diaz also having been arrested on a DUI back in December of last year.
Diaz was arrested for a DUI, DUI with an alcohol or drug level above .08, and unsafe speed for prevailing conditions, according to the report, which cited an unnamed San Joaquin County spokesperson.
Not only does Diaz face the DUI related charges stemming from a Dec. 12 arrest, he subsequently missed several court dates, and has had the charge of failing to appear after a written promise added to the list.
Diaz is scheduled to next appear in court on Sept. 25 in relation to the December DUI, which is about the same time he will likely be required to appear for the more recent charges.
It was unclear at the time of publication how the mix of charges and missed court dates will affect either set of charges, and whether or not it will affect his planned bout with Silva.
Following the most recent set of charges, the UFC sent MMAWeekly.com a statement saying, “We are aware of the (Nick Diaz arrest) situation and are in the process of gathering the facts. 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.”