Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight and part-time middleweight, Nick Diaz, recently reached a settlement agreement with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and is (finally) free to return to active mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.
MMA Fighting brought word of the change on Wednesday.
Diaz, 33, saw his drug-test suspension lifted by the commission earlier this year; however, he was unable to lace up the gloves — or obtain his corner license — until he forked over the necessary coin.
The price tag was roughly $75,000.
With that longstanding mess finally in the rearview mirror, Diaz can resume his place in the 170-pound title hunt. Unless, of course, the top middleweights continue to call on his services for fan-friendly “super fights.”
Diaz (26-9, 2 NC) was last seen battling Anderson Silva to a No Contest at UFC 183 in January 2015. In fact, the Stockton striker — who holds 21 finishes in 26 wins — has not registered a victory in over five years.