Photo of Nick Diaz by Eshter Lin via SBNation.com.
Nick Diaz may be on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) sidelines awaiting punishment for his failed drug test following his UFC 143 loss to Carlos Condit but that doesn't mean he has to sit out altogether.
No, the Stockton slugger and noted Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner will keep himself busy by competing in a superfight at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo (WJJE) on May 12, 2012, in Long Beach, California.
That's according to MMAFighting.com, who got word from both the WJJE and Cesar Gracie, Diaz's trainer and manager. No opponent has been named.
Gracie also revealed that Diaz wanted to go all out and enter a tournament. However, at the behest of the WJJE, he will only compete in a superfight next month. The UFC is okay with Diaz competing because he doesn't currently have a fight lined up.
The reason for that, of course, is that he's still awaiting his hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to determine his punishment for failing the aforementioned drug test at UFC 143. To read more on that click here.
The good news, for MMA fans at least, is that Diaz likely isn't retiring from the fight game anytime soon. Not if Gracie has his way. But until he can come back to the Octagon where he belongs, why not stay sharp in jiu-jitsu competition?
For all the info you need to know on the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo, the very first of its kind, click here.