It’s going to be a star-studded affair at Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) headquarters, as three of the biggest stars on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster will have their day in kangaroo court. Former UFC Heavyweight champion, Brock Lensar, ex-Light Heavyweight kingpin, Jon Jones, and top Welterweight contender Nate Diaz are all set for a hearing with NSAC on Thursday Dec. 15, 2016, at 9 a.m. local time, according to MMA Fighting for their respective "proposed adjudication agreements."
Jones and Lesnar will be summoned after they each failed their respective drug tests for the UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) event this past summer. In Jones' case, he never actually made it to the show, as news of his test was revealed prior to fight night, while Lesnar’s wasn’t made available until after he defeated Mark Hunt in the co-headlining act.
And we all know how "Super Samoan" felt about that.
Meanwhile, just last week, Jones reached a settlement agreement with NSAC and will serve a one-year concurrent suspension with the one arbitrators handed him weeks prior that could see him return to action as early as July 2017. As part of the agreement, Jones will not face further fines or penalties from NSAC or United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA).
According to MMA Junkie, it seems Lesnar and Diaz have also reached settlements with NSAC, which will be the focal point of their respective hearings.
In Diaz’s case, his water-bottle throwing fight he got into with Conor McGregor during a UFC 202 pre-fight press conference (see it again here) drew the ire of NSAC. "Notorious" already learned his fate, as he was fined a whopping $75,000 -- not $150,000 — and tasked with fulfilling 50 hours of community surface for his part in the melee.
"Notorious," though, didn’t take the punishment sitting down, filing a petition for judicial review naming NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett and NSAC as respondents. Whether or not that plays apart in NSAC’s handling of Diaz remains to be seen.