Anderson Silva Calls Out Nick Diaz For Rematch

Former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was scheduled to take on rising contender Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212 this past June in his native Brazil, but the bout was scrapped after it was announced that Gastelum had failed a drug test. The UFC had tired to find a replacement opponent Silva, but nothing came […]

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Former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was scheduled to take on rising contender Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212 this past June in his native Brazil, but the bout was scrapped after it was announced that Gastelum had failed a drug test. The UFC had tired to find a replacement opponent Silva, but nothing came to fruition, and “The Spider” still does not have a fight set.

At 42 years of age, Silva, a man many consider to be the best fighter of all-time, has hit some rough times since losing his title in 2013. He clearly isn’t the same fighter, although he is coming off of a decision victory over Derek Brunson, and appears to be focused on continuing his career.

With that being said, “The Spider” recently took to his official Instagram account to call out Nick Diaz for a rematch:

Silva and Diaz faced off at UFC 183 in Jan. 2015 in a bout that Silva won via decision. The outcome was changed to a no-contest, however, when both men failed drug tests. Diaz ended up receiving the longer suspension, as the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) sent him to the sidelines for a whopping 18 months.

That suspension, however, ended last August and Diaz has been eligible to once again compete for about a year now, although he hasn’t shown much interest in doing so.

If the Stockton native is indeed interested in returning, would you like to see him run it back with Silva?

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USADA, Please! Watch Nick Diaz Get Ultra-Blazed

If Nick Diaz is concerned about his provisional USADA suspension for three Whereabouts Failures in the past year, he certainly isn’t showing it. After the UFC’s anti-doping partner informed him he was facing a potential violation, the polarizing and popular MMA bad boy celebrated like a true Diaz would – by smoking an extra-fat joint. […]

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If Nick Diaz is concerned about his provisional USADA suspension for three Whereabouts Failures in the past year, he certainly isn’t showing it.

After the UFC’s anti-doping partner informed him he was facing a potential violation, the polarizing and popular MMA bad boy celebrated like a true Diaz would – by smoking an extra-fat joint. Watch the elder Diaz statesmen continue to stick it to the man in the following video courtesy of TMZ Sports:

The chief session is sure to entertain many of the legions of Diaz’ fans, as it’s yet another instance when Diaz stuck it to the man by doing what he wants when he wanted to.

However, there’s potentially a much darker result of a video such as this, and it most certainly could end with Diaz never seeing the inside of a MMA cage again – something that may have happened without his latest potential suspension as well. Diaz was infamously suspended five years by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his third failed drug test for marijuana after his 2015 loss to Anderson Silva, a fight which was eventually changed to a no contest after Silva tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The suspension was eventually reduced to 18 months, but Diaz, who hasn’t won a fight since he battered an aging BJ Penn in October 2011, has shown no realistic possibilities of returning to the UFC in the nearly 11 months since his ban was lifted.

He’s no doubt still one of the UFC’s top draws, but his increasing lack of desire to fight is becoming obvious, especially when he publicly posts a video of him smoking marijuana the day after it came out he was facing another suspension.

Dana White recently said he doesn’t think Diaz will ever return to the UFC, and this is certainly a significant step in that direction.

Was this the right move from the Stockton slugger?

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Nick Diaz Flagged For Potential USADA Violation

Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz is in some trouble with the UFC and USADA. It was announced late Thursday night that Diaz has been provisionally suspended and is facing a UFC anti-doping policy violation for not properly filling out his whereabouts so he can be tested by USADA. The UFC released a statement that […]

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Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz is in some trouble with the UFC and USADA. It was announced late Thursday night that Diaz has been provisionally suspended and is facing a UFC anti-doping policy violation for not properly filling out his whereabouts so he can be tested by USADA.

The UFC released a statement that said Diaz had accumulated three Whereabouts Failures within the last 12 months, which leads to a provisional suspension and potential anti-doping policy violation. The UFC issued the following:

“The UFC organization has been notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Nick Diaz of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from Diaz’s alleged accumulation of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period. Diaz, like all other UFC athletes, is enrolled in USADA’s UFC Registered Testing Pool and required to file accurate Whereabouts information in order to be located for out-of-competition, no-notice testing.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of Diaz’s case, who has been provisionally suspended pending the final resolution of this matter. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

UFC fighters are required to have a USADA app on their phone, and they must fill out where they are going to be every day for the next three months. This allows doping control officers to come and take their samples for random drug tests. This marks the first time that a fighter is facing an anti-doping policy violation for three Whereabouts Failures in a 12-month period since the UFC partnered with USADA back in 2015.

The policy states for whereabouts, first-time offenders face anywhere from a six-month to a two-year suspension for three Whereabouts Failures in a 12-month period.

Diaz has not been seen in the Octagon since his bout with Anderson Silva in January 2015, which was later overturned to a no-contest after Silva tested positive for banned substances while Diaz failed a drug test in relation to that fight for marijuana and was suspended 18 months by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC).

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UFC Welterweight Nick Diaz Informed of Potential Anti-Doping Violation

Nick Diaz’s three whereabouts failures have come back to haunt him. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced that Diaz has been notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of a potential anti-doping violation. Diaz has had issues in the past with the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his marijuana use, but this situation is […]

Nick Diaz’s three whereabouts failures have come back to haunt him. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced that Diaz has been notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of a potential anti-doping violation. Diaz has had issues in the past with the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his marijuana use, but this situation is […]

Nick Diaz Informed by USADA of Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation

The UFC announced Thursday it was made aware the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)—which serves as the independent administrator for the sport’s anti-doping policy—told Nick Diaz of a possible violation.
The violation comes “from Diaz’s alleg…

The UFC announced Thursday it was made aware the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)—which serves as the independent administrator for the sport’s anti-doping policy—told Nick Diaz of a possible violation.

The violation comes “from Diaz‘s alleged accumulation of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period,” the announcement read.

As a result, Diaz was provisionally suspended pending the situation’s eventual resolution.

         

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Dana White Doesn’t Think Nick Diaz Will Ever Fight Again

We have not seen former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz compete in the world famous Octagon in more than two years. While fans want to see Diaz compete once again, UFC President Dana White has his doubts as he recently stated in an interview that the fan favorite may never compete in MMA again. “I […]

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We have not seen former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz compete in the world famous Octagon in more than two years. While fans want to see Diaz compete once again, UFC President Dana White has his doubts as he recently stated in an interview that the fan favorite may never compete in MMA again.

“I highly doubt it,” White told MMAjunkie. “I don’t know. I honestly don’t think that, and I can’t speak for him, you’d have to speak with Nick himself, but if you ask me – people ask me, ‘Do you think Ronda (Rousey) is coming back?’ No. I think Ronda’s going to retire. Ronda hasn’t retired, but my opinion is, I think she will. I don’t think Nick Diaz will ever fight again. I just don’t think he has the desire anymore.”

Diaz, who is widely popular, has not competed since January of 2015 when he took on former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Though Silva was originally announced as the winner by decision, the result of their fight was later overturned when both fighters tested positive for banned substances. Silva for performance enhancers and Diaz for marijuana metabolites.

Diaz has had an accomplished career, but he has not won a fight in the UFC since an October 2011 win over B.J. Penn. The UFC boss thinks that Diaz has lost the passion needed to compete at the sport’s highest level.

“The thing about fighting, first of all, it’s a young man’s game,” White said. “You’ve got to be young, hungry. You’ve got to be an animal to jump out of bed every day and go in there and train the way that you do.

“The things that you have to do to get to the UFC, let alone break into the top 10 or the top 5 or be a world champion, you have to love it. I just don’t think that Nick loves it anymore.”

White has said in the past that both Nick and his brother Nate have been offered fights but have thus far turned them down. Fans have not seen Nate compete since his rematch with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor back in August of 2016, but White thinks he will fight again.

“Nate, I think that Nate probably will (fight) if something popped up,” White said. “But that’s just my opinion. If you ask the Diaz brothers, they might have a different opinion.”

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