Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight No. 1 contender Nick Diaz was suspended from mixed martial arts (MMA) for five years, thanks to a controversial ruling from Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) last week in Las Vegas.
But the Stockton slugger is hoping the ensuing backlash, directed at the grudge-holding tyrants inside the “Sin City” commission, will compel other states to have mercy and #FreeNickDiaz grant him a license to fight.
“It’s upsetting. I held off on having kids and getting married so I could fight. I gave my life to this. I am a fighter. It’s what I am. A lot of guys have to worry about what their wives and kids think, I don’t. All my attention goes towards fighting, and now I don’t know if I can fight. They’ve taken it away from me. I’ve been hearing other state athletic commissions are angry about the ruling, so hopefully I’ll be able to fight in those states.”
Most stateside commissions subscribe to reciprocity; meaning, what stands for one commission usually stands for all.
In addition, the promotion may not be willing to book Diaz for an overseas fight, since it relies on the “dorks” at NSAC for its license to promote events in Las Vegas. That, and it’s generally not good business to defy a particular ruling when pursuing regulation in other states.
Diaz may have public support (and a White House petition), but will it be enough?
Time will tell.