Nick Diaz warming up in the backrooms. Photo by Esther Lin of MMA Fighting.
On April 24th, Ross Goodman, Nick Diaz's lawyer, attacked the year-long suspension put upon Diaz by the Nevada State Athletic Commission by challenging the speediness of the deliberations. Yesterday, Judge Rob Bare has decided that the attack was to no avail and that the hearing to determine the validity of the suspension will happen later this month.
In a Monday hearing in Clark County (Nevada) district court, judge Rob Bare denied an injunction request that would have effectively overturned his temporary suspension by the the Nevada state athletic commission, stemming from a February drug test that was positive for marijuana metabolites.
The official minutes of the hearing will not be available until Wednesday, but Judge Bare's executive assistant Tara Duenas confirmed the ruling to MMA Fighting.
NSAC executive director Keith Kizer told MMA Fighting that Diaz's hearing with his sanctioning body would be placed on the May 21 docket.
The decision to deny the injunction request and schedule the hearing for later this month is relatively normal for most cases in the legal system. The novelty of Goodman's attack maneuver upon the suspension was sufficient to raise some eyebrows, but ultimately, Judge Bare sided with the NSAC. Keith Kizer, executive chairman of the NSAC, told Chiappetta that the judge's advice to put hearing delays in formal writings would be taken into consideration for the future.