The older Diaz brother may be headed back to the Octagon any time now.
UFC President Dana White has apparently been communicating with Nick Diaz and got the confirmation from the man himself.
“Nick wants to fight. Nick’s ready to go again,” White told FOX Sports. “I’ve got to figure that out.”
White is not kidding that he needs to figure it out too.
After an 18-month suspension kept him on the sidelines since his most recent bout at UFC 183 against Anderson “The Spider” Silva, he still is not technically free of its clutches.
The suspension indeed ended on Aug. 1, but part of the suspension also included a significant fine.
Diaz has paid a portion of the fine set forth to him by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but he still has a remaining balance of $75,000.
In other words, his suspension deadline may have passed, but his suspension is still running as a result of his fine remaining unpaid.
Diaz’s original suspension was set at an unprecedented five years originally for testing positive for marijuana metabolites.
It was his third offense of his pro career, which led to the NSAC handing out the oddly harsh suspension.
Going through an appeals process though, Diaz and his team were able to get the sentence reduction.
Upon his suspension date passing, his name was immediately entered into the mix of high profile fights, just like it had left.
Diaz though seemed to express little interest in many of the matchups that were discussed and many of the fighters who called him out, including the current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.