Nick Diaz’s positive test for marijuana will affect more than just his own career.
Prior to the testing results coming back form the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Diaz was in negotiations for a potential rematch with his UFC 143 foe Carlos Condit
Condit defeated Diaz by unanimous decision to claim the interim UFC welterweight title, but within days it appeared the UFC was ready to do part two later this year. Now with Diaz facing a suspension from the commission from the positive drug test, his involvement in any fight for the rest of 2012 is very much up in the air.
“It’s an unfortunate situation for Nick Diaz and his camp. We wish them the best of luck as he continues to move forward with his career,” Condit’s manager Malki Kawa from First Round Management told MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.
There was never an official confirmation that Condit vs. Diaz 2 was a done deal, but based on a series of Twitter messages from UFC president Dana White, everything appeared headed in that direction.
Now it looks like Condit will move on to face the next challenge. Kawa and Condit are expected to meet with UFC president Dana White on Friday to discuss the champion’s next move.
As of now, Condit’s next fight is undetermined, but Kawa and his fighter are looking forward to the next step no matter whom that opponent ends up being.
“As for Carlos and what’s next for his future, we’ll definitely discuss that with the UFC and Dana White in the coming days to figure out what his next steps are,” Kawa said.
Attempts to reach Diaz’s trainer and manager Cesar Gracie were unsuccessful as of the time of this printing.