Lost in the news this week regarding Ronda Rousey, UFC 193 promotion, Jon Jones' reinstatement and several other stories, the Nevada Athletic Commission may be looking to settle with Nick Diaz.
The UFC fighter's attorneys are currently in talks with the Nevada Athletic Commission regarding a potential settlement, according to MMA Fighting. One of the outlet's sources said that Diaz could even return to the UFC by 2016, far short of 2020, when he's set to return.
The Nevada Athletic Commission has come under heavy scrutiny after Diaz was suspended for five years and fined a six-figure amount following his third drug test failure in the state. Diaz's legal team presented an interesting case to the commission, but still ended up with the heavy suspension.
Diaz has noted that the UFC's legal representation, Campbell & Williams, were also a part of the settlement talks.
According to Diaz's lead counsel, Lucas Middlebrook, he has been unable to file a petition for judicial review because the Nevada Athletic Commission has yet to provide the decision formally in writing.