Nick Diaz — who has been out of action for over three years due to his troubles with United States Anti Doping agency (USADA) — is free and clear to resume his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
That’s according to USADA, who issued a statement revealing that the Stockton slugger has reached a deal after he was suspended for failing to report his whereabouts during 2017. Something UFC’s drug-testing program requires of all athletes under the UFC roster.
Since the agreement states his one-year suspension is retroactive, he will be eligible to return to action in 10 days.
USADA announced today that Nick Diaz, of Stockton, Calif., has accepted a one-year sanction for a violation of the UFC® Anti-Doping Policy resulting from three unsuccessful test attempts during a 12-month period. Like all UFC athletes, Diaz, 34, is a member of the UFC Registered Testing Pool and is therefore subject to certain Whereabouts responsibilities, which allow him to be located for out-of-competition testing. Diaz failed to be available for three tests at the locations provided in his Whereabouts Filings. The first two failures occurred in the second and third quarters of 2016, while the third occurred in the first quarter of 2017. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, the accumulation of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period constitutes an anti-doping policy violation. Diaz’s one-year period of ineligibility began on April 19, 2017, the date on which his third Whereabouts Failure was declared against him. During his period of ineligibility, Diaz remained subject to no-advance-notice testing by USADA and did not accumulate any additional Whereabouts Failures. As such, Diaz will be eligible to return to competition upon the completion of his sanction on April 19, 2018. To remain compliant with the UFC Whereabouts Policy, athletes must complete and submit quarterly Whereabouts Filings, and promptly update USADA regarding any changes in their Whereabouts information. Accurate Whereabouts information is a crucial component of effective out-of-competition testing programs because it enables anti-doping organizations to conduct no-notice sample collections, which helps maintain effective doping deterrence, as well as detect doping. In an effort to help athletes understand and fulfill their Whereabouts requirements, USADA conducts in-person and online educational sessions with athletes, sends email reminders about filing dates and obligations, maintains online and app-based filing and updating platforms, and gives athletes the option to receive daily and weekly reminders of their provided Whereabouts information. USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes.
Prior to his most recent suspension, Diaz was handed a whopping five-year ban from fighting by the NSAC, which was eventually reduced to 18 months for failing a drug test for his fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 183.
That fight was the last time Diaz was seen fighting inside the Octagon, though the same can’t be said for unsanctioned street fights.
Still, should Diaz choose to resume his career with UFC he will have to submit himself to further testing from USADA. Furthermore, if the promotion wants to secure his services once more, they need to come correct with their offers.