Nick Diaz
Ends fighting career
MiddleweightUFC
February 18, 2019
Diaz will not fight again unless he receives "an offer [he] couldn't refuse," Greg Rosenstein of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz hasn't fought since January of 2015 and has recently dealt with some issues outside of the octagon. Instead of taking a fight against a lower-tier fighter or fighting for very little money, the 35-year-old will call it a career. Barring a surprise return, Diaz will finish his fighting career with a 26-10 record, though he went just 1-2 with a no contest ruling in the UFC promotion.
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All charges dropped
MiddleweightUFC
August 30, 2018
Diaz has been cleared of of multiple felony charges by a Las Vegas judge, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz had been facing two counts of domestic battery by strangulation and one for domestic battery with substantial bodily harm, which were the result of an incident in Las Vegas in May. With these alleged events now in the past, Diaz can now pursue opportunities in the UFC without this cloud hanging over him. His fighting career has been non-existent of late, as he last competed for the promotion in January of 2015.
Arrested for alleged domestic violence
MiddleweightUFC
May 25, 2018
Diaz has been arrested for an alleged domestic violence incident, Simon Samano and Steven Marrocco of MMAJunkie.com report.
ANALYSIS
The incident occurred Thursday evening, with the alleged victim being transported to a local hospital. Diaz was also reportedly combative with officers during his arrest. A court hearing is scheduled for Saturday.
Remains in USADA testing pool
MiddleweightUFC
May 8, 2018
Diaz has submitted three drug tests to the U.S. Anti Doping Agency (USADA) since the beginning of 2018, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz hasn't seen the octagon since January 2015, and hasn't picked up a victory under the UFC banner since UFC 137 all the way back in 2011. It all began with a ludicrous marijuana suspension after the 2015 fight with Anderson Silva (that was ruled a no-contest), though he ultimately saw those penalties reduced. He took his time paying the Nevada Athletic Comission's fine, and though his suspension was knocked down from five years to 18 months, this wasn't the last obstacle for his return to MMA. The UFC brought in USADA to clean up the sport as an independent third party responsible for drug testing, and Diaz failed to adequately disclose his whereabouts so they could test him, resulting in another one-year ban. That ban expired last month, so the UFC can now freely book Diaz for his next fight. At 34 years old, Diaz surely has a few wins left in him, but he'll need likely need a lucrative opportunity to resume his fighting career.
Accepts USADA sanction
MiddleweightUFC
April 9, 2018
Diaz and the USADA have agreed to a sanction and he will be cleared to resume his fighting career on April 19, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The agreement was for a one-year suspension, but considering it's already been roughly a year since originally being held out, Diaz could resume fighting in the next 10 days. Whether the 34-year-old Diaz opts to do so is still unclear at this point, so it will be a situation to simply monitor for now. Diaz last took to the Octagon in January of 2015 when he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Anderson Silva.
Situation could be nearing resolution
MiddleweightUFC
January 4, 2018
UFC VP of Athlete Health & Performance Jeff Novitzky stated Thursday that he is hoping to resolve the Diaz case "pretty quick," Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Diaz is currently suspended for failing to disclose his whereabouts to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which can happen if a fighter doesn't fill out a quarterly whereabouts update, or is not at the place they said they'd be if an agent appears for a drug test. Novitzky doesn't believe that Diaz was trying to avoid a test, but rather suggests that the welterweight's lifestyle in general has lead to these slip-ups. The two sides are hoping for a resolution in the near future, but there have been doubts cast that Diaz is even interested in fighting again in his career. The last time he competed was a January 2015, when he lost to Anderson Silva via unanimous decision.