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Nick Diaz close to settling with NAC, 18 month suspension to replace 5 year ban

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Nick Diaz is close to reaching a settlement with the Nevada Athletic Commission to see his 5 year ban reduced significantly.

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Nick Diaz and the Nevada Athletic Commission might be close to reaching a settlement that will see the veteran welterweight's suspension and fine significantly reduced. This revelations comes months after the polarizing fighter was suspended for 5 years and fined $165,000 for a failed drug test for marijuana, of which the validity of the test results was a major dispute during the NAC hearing.

Ariel Helwani reported on UFC Tonight that the commission is actively working with Nick Diaz and his legal team to come to terms on a more suitable suspension.

Nothing has been finalized, but Helwani was confident that the settlement could be announced sometime within the next two weeks, and as early as the end of the week. A reduction to an 18 month suspension would give Diaz the opportunity to fight after July 30th, 2016.

Nick Diaz has continued to show his gratitude for the fighters and fans who have supported him while attempting to fight the suspension.

Diaz took to Instagram a week ago to share that negotiations with the commission were underway.

"Just spoke with my legal team at Campbell & Williams and talks with the NV athletic commission are going well," Diaz wrote. "We're working hard with them to get this right. Thanks for the support."