Although Nick Diaz is no longer suspended, the MMA fan favorite still owes the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) $75,000 after testing positive for marijuana metabolites in 2015.
Diaz passed two out of three drug tests on the night of his middleweight bout with Anderson Silva at UFC 183, but the 33-year-old was still suspended for 18 months and issued a $100,000 fine. Silva, who tested positive for anabolic steroids, was suspended for 12 months and received a $380,000 fine.
Diaz’ suspension expired on August 1st but, according to NAC executive director Bob Bennett, the former UFC title challenger will not be able to corner younger brother Nate at UFC 202 unless he pays off the remainder of his fine. Nick was forced to watch UFC 196, which saw Nate submit Conor McGregor in the main event, backstage on the television.
Diaz’s manager, Lloyd Pierson, told MMA Fighting that they are currently in talks with the commission in an attempt to grant Diaz a license for UFC 202, but the Californian must pay the $75,000 in full before Saturday night.
UFC 202, which features a welterweight rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor in the main event, takes place tomorrow night, August 20, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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