Nick Diaz won’t be alone when he takes his seemingly unwarranted five-year suspension to a higher court.
No, he’ll have some of the best lawyers money can buy — lawyers employed by none other than Diaz’s employer, the UFC.
@ufc put me in touch with their lawyers at Campbell & Williams and they will also be helping me with the NSAC
— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) September 30, 2015
Diaz was suspended early September for his failed post-fight drug test at UFC 183, when the former Strikeforce welterweight titleholder suffered a five-round defeat to ex-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. It was the third time Diaz had tested positive for marijuana metabolites in his lengthy career.
The largely vocal fighter postponed his hearing with the commission several times before appearing in September, when he was issued a five-year suspension — a ban that went against the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s protocol for repeat drug offenders of Diaz’s nature.
Not only that, but Diaz’s drug tests didn’t catch him as red handed as the commission likely would have hoped. Two of his three tests came back negative, complicating the picture quite a bit. Again, that didn’t stop the commissioners from making one of the most controversial calls in recent memory — a decision that sent much of the MMA world into a social media frenzy.
There’s no word on when Diaz will make his way to a higher court.