Nick Diaz suspension reduced from five years to 18 months, available for fight in August

Nick Diaz did not appear before the The Nevada Athletic Commission today however the commision reduced its penalty against Diaz after a settlement agreement Tuesday during a meeting. Diaz will be suspended 18 months (from January last year) and fined $100,000 in his marijuana case, stemming from a positive test at UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015.

With this deal now in place, Diaz will be able to fight any time after August 1. The NSAC approved the settlement unanimously.

Cut down from a 5 year sentence which was handed to Diaz in September, the Stockton native can now look forward to competing (and cornering) late this year.

Diaz (26-9-2 MMA) was coming off title fight losses to Carlos Condit (interim) and Georges St- Pierre leading up to his contest with Anderson Silva at UFC 183. Diaz would lose a decision to Silva in January however the decision was overturned to a no-contest after Silva tested positive for drostanolone and androsterone and Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites.

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