Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Nick Diaz was suspended from mixed martial arts (MMA) for a whopping five years after Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) made an example of him for a drug test that was not without its share of problems.
The combat sports community, for the most part, was outraged.
In response, one dedicated fan created a White House petition online to present the controversial Diaz case to the country's highest office. Today (Weds., Oct. 14, 2015), said petition cleared the 100,000 signatures required to initiate review.
So what happens next? The White House has 60 days to respond, however...
To avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition. Where possible, we will notify signers of petitions whose content falls into these areas, in instances in which we don't feel we will be able to respond meaningfully.
To see how the White House reviews online petitions click here.
Diaz and his legal team are expected to appeal the results of his disciplinary hearing but until then, the former UFC welterweight No. 1 contender is unable to compete in MMA or boxing. In the meantime, he's getting some support from an old friend.
For more on Diaz and his NSAC battle click here.