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Nick Diaz cleared of all domestic violence charges, paving way for potential UFC return

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UFC 183: Silva v Diaz Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has the opportunity to bring Nick Diaz back into the welterweight fold, assuming the Stockton slugger was serious when he told the mixed martial arts (MMA) media that his return was imminent.

That’s because the Las Vegas Justice Court dismissed his domestic violence case on Thursday after the District Attorney declined to move forward, according to MMA Fighting, a move that is perhaps unsurprising after it was revealed a grand jury refused to issue an indictment.

“We are grateful that the District Attorney’s office was fair and thoughtful in reviewing this case based on the evidence and making the decision to dismiss this matter particularly in light of the Grand Jury’s decision finding probable cause was lacking,” attorney Ross Goodman said.

Diaz, 35, was corralled back on May 24 after allegedly injuring a female acquaintance (see his mugshot here). He was arrested and initially charged with felony domestic battery, but later released on $18,000 bond.

UFC froze his contract and withheld any further action until his legal process was complete, citing the right to due process (read the full statement here). His Octagon return now seems to be a matter of “when,” as opposed to “if.”