If you’re a big Nick Diaz fan, the headline above may be a wee bit upsetting to you, but don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it looks.
Yes, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced that Diaz has agreed to a one-year sanction, as a result of a whereabouts violation. That is the violation that’s handed a fighter if they do not make themselves available for out-of-competition testing.
But, since Diaz’s one year of ineligibility started in April, 2017, the 34 year-old can return to competition as of April 19th.
The Stockton star hasn’t fought since January, 2015, when he lost via decision to Anderson Silva. The latter tested positive for banned substances after that bout, however, and the fight was overturned to a no-contest.
Might we see Diaz return to the Octagon this year? Here’s hoping we do.