For the first time since shocking the world with his unexpected retirement, Nick Diaz has finally come forward to reveal he will return to the ring again but only if the Nevada State Athletic Commission clears him of any wrongdoing pertaining to a drug test where he had marijuana metabolites in his system. Diaz’s statements came as part of a legal document submitted to the NSAC along with a lawsuit for having violated his rights.

Diaz’s team argument surrounds the fact he was not given a hearing to address the board’s finding within a legally required period of time, leaving him in a limbo of sorts where licensing is concerned and thus making him unable to earn a living as a fighter. The lawsuit also states Diaz should not have been temporarily suspended unless it was in the interest of public health as stated in the NSAC’s own guidelines.

The welterweight warrior’s problems first began after losing a closely-contested bout against Carlos Condit in October. Diaz stated he was done fighting based on his disgust with the judges’ scoring and inability to receive fair treatment in Nevada. A rematch between Condit-Diaz seemed to be in place but was quickly yanked off the table when the NSAC announced the result of Diaz’s drug test.

“If the summary suspension is set aside, I would be prepared to compete against Mr. Condit or against any other opponent deemed suitable immediately.”

While the NSAC has not issued a comment regarding Diaz’s case it does appear he could be onto something. Check out the full document from Diaz’s camp here courtesy of SBNation.


MMATraining Take: Very interesting! Diaz clearly has a strong legal team behind him that I would wager is in part paid for by Zuffa. The UFC wants to see him fight again as bad as fans do, especially with Georges St-Pierre returning in about six months.