Nick Diaz‘s case was back before the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday due to a possible settlement agreement with the commission in regard to the fighter’s five-year suspension and $165,000 fine for testing positive for marijuana.
The commission quickly approved the settlement unanimously, approving a drastic reduction in his suspension, although they didn’t mention Diaz’s name or terms of the settlement during the hearing. MMAWeekly.com requested and received the terms following the hearing.
Diaz’s five-year suspension has been reduced to 18 months. His $165,000 fine was shaved back to $100,000.
The penalties stemmed from a confusing night of testing surrounding his UFC 183 bout with Anderson Silva in January of 2015.
There were many confounding issues in Diaz’s case. The most significant was that he was tested three times within a matter of hours. The two WADA-accredited tests showed Diaz below the legal limit for marijuana metabolites, while the middle test, by a non-WADA-certified lab, put Diaz at nearly five times the legal limit of 150 ng/mL.
The NAC chose to acknowledge the one above the limit result and the fact that Diaz has tested positive for marijuana in the past, and initially pursued a lifetime ban before settling on a five-year suspension.
At the time of the suspension, Diaz’s legal counsel vowed to take further legal action, but it instead of a judicial review, they negotiated a settlement agreement, which the commission accepted unanimously.
With the settlement reached, Diaz could be back in action as early as August. His suspension ends on July 31.
Diaz’ five-year suspension has been reduced to 18 months. His $165,000 fine was shaved back to $100,000. The agreement was quickly passed unanimously by the commission without even mentioning Diaz’s name.