It appears that some kind of settlement is indeed on the cards for Nick Diaz with regards to his five year suspension from the sport for a positive marijuana test at UFC 183 earlier this year.
Earlier in the week Diaz himself revealed that talks were going well, and now the Nevada State Athletic Commission themselves have confirmed that a settlement does appear to be in the works.
“As a reminder to the general public, the Nick Diaz disciplinary matter will not be on the agenda at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s on Thursday, October 29, 2015 in Las Vegas,” NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar said. “Settlement discussions between the NSAC and Mr. Diaz and his counsel are on-going.”
One source had earlier claimed that it was possible that Diaz could in fact be back fighting as early as next year, though his lawyer Lucas Middlebrook was keen to stress that, “It’s still a work in progress.”
NSAC’s initial ruling on the case was widely criticized, with high profile stars such as Ronda Rousey, Georges St. Pierre, Floyd Mayweather Jr and even the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Cher of all people lending their support, while over 100,000 fans signed a petition bound for the White House in the hopes of the president himself overturning the decision.