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Judge refuses to increase bail in Nick Diaz court case: ‘He’s going to be treated the same’

Esther Lin

Long-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight veteran, Nick Diaz, was represented by his attorney, Ross Goodman, at today’s (June 26, 2018) court hearing in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the Clark County prosecutor lodged a criminal complaint against the Stockton slugger for his involvement in last month’s domestic violence arrest.

In addition, a request was made to increase the former Strikeforce champion’s bail to $100,000, because the prosecution believed Diaz — a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter by trade — was a greater risk if forced to pony up anything less.

MMA Junkie reports:

Judge Amy Chelini ultimately refused the request, saying she “can’t fathom” a reason to increase the bail above the standard set by the court. She appeared to agree there were inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s story that would need to be proven at trial. She added Diaz shouldn’t be punished based on his occupation.

“I don’t care,” she said. “He’s going to be treated the same way everybody else is.”

Diaz, who maintains his innocence, is expected back in court on July 10.

The incident occurred back on May 24 after Diaz was allegedly injured a female acquaintance. He was arrested and initially charged with felony domestic battery, but later released on $18,000 bond.

UFC has frozen his contract and will not take any action until the legal process is complete, stressing its code of conduct while also citing the right to due process (read the full statement here).

Stay tuned.

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