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Nick Diaz settlement with NSAC could result in 18 month suspension, $100k fine

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Nick Diaz, who was slapped with a five-year suspension from mixed martial arts (MMA) after a wonky drug test at UFC 183, is one step closer to having his sentence reduced by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

It's almost like we're turning back time.

"I'm hearing that the suspension could be reduced from five years to 18 months and the fine reduced to $100,000," Ariel Helwani told UFC Tonight. "If all is going well, this could be announced in the next few days or in a week or so. Could be very good news. He'd be free to fight July of 2016."

And what better place to return than here?

Diaz is not without fault, having established a history of failed drug tests in Nevada. That said, the commission went above and beyond its own authority to punish the former Strikeforce champ -- who may not have been guilty -- in a move that felt more personal than professional.

To see how the entire case unfolded click here.