Nick Diaz, USADA Reportedly Agreed to 1-Year Suspension Ending in April 2018

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 31:  Nick Diaz interacts with the media during the UFC 183 post fight press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC fighter Nick Diaz and USADA reportedly have agreed to a one-year suspension that will end on April 19, meaning Diaz "will be free and clear to resume his career, if he wishes to do so," according to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com. 

Diaz, who has remained out of the Octagon since Jan. 2015, missed "three out-of-competition drug tests within a 12-month span," per Okamoto

His last match came at UFC 183 against Anderson Silva, who won by unanimous decision, though the result was overturned after Silva failed a drug test. A month later, Diaz tested positive for marijuana and was hit with a five-year ban from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, though they later reduced his punishment to 18 months.

Diaz (26-9) was a champion in Strikeforce and challenged Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 for the Welterweight Championship in March 2013, though St-Pierre won by unanimous decision. 

While suspended, Diaz failed to notify USADA of his whereabouts on three occasions, a violation of his sanctions that led to his three missed tests.

As Okamoto wrote, "It's likely Diaz's apparent disinterest in his career also prolonged the sanctioning of his case. His formal acceptance of the suspension suggests he may intend to fight again, however, and USADA records show he has been successfully tested once in 2018."