February 4, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Carlos Condit (left) fights against Nick Diaz (right) during UFC 143 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Carlos Codit defeated Nick Diaz. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight standout Nick Diaz, who "retired" after losing a five round unanimous decision to Carlos Condit in the UFC 143 pay-per-view (PPV) main event back in February, wants to return to the Octagon and continue fighting.
That could be a pretty tall order, considering Diaz is currently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for failing a pre-fight drug test (marijuana metabolites). Not that it's deterred his manager and trainer, Cesar Gracie, from calling out UFC President Dana White and insisting the Las Vegas fight boss do for Diaz what's been done for other fighters in the past.
Namely, going behind the commission's back and letting them fight outside of its jurisdiction.
Hear Gracie lay out his upcoming argument for his Aug. 6, 2012 meeting with White on Mauro Ranallo's MMA Show (via The Score), after the jump.
"They always change the rules on Nick. There’s some collusion to it all. Tyson Griffin tested positive for marijuana. It never came out but the UFC knew about it and he didn’t get a suspension. Diego Sanchez only got a suspension in California for three months. Nevada only has jurisdiction in Nevada so technically you should be able to fight anywhere else because the rules are different in each commission. Nick could fight in Texas tomorrow. Other commissions do not respect the NSAC’s decisions. Vitor Belfort fought Dan Henderson at the [second to] last PRIDE show in Nevada, tested positive for steroids, got a [nine month] suspension and said, ‘I don’t care, I’m not suspended outside of Nevada’ and went to [England] and fought. You know what, no one cared about it, the UFC didn’t care about it when they signed him and he didn’t get any other retribution for it. There have been many examples of this. We want to sort out this whole situation with Nick and get him a fight oversees like other fighters have been afforded that chance. Dana has said in the past the NSAC is the worst commission so we want him to put his money where his mouth is and free Nick Diaz."
How long before we see "Free Nick Diaz" tee shirts hit the market?
Under the current ruling, Diaz will be riding the pine until February of 2013. Gracie and his team plan to appeal the ruling (again) in an effort to get his prized pupil back inside the cage sooner, which makes his diabolical plan for overseas defiance a bit puzzling.
Unless he's convinced they'll lose their planned appeal.
Well Maniacs, this is the latest update to the ongoing saga of Nick Diaz and the NSAC. Anyone think the UFC would entertain this idea? Or would the ZUFFA legal eagles tell Gracie to go pound salt?