UFC veteran Jon Fitch, who's currently a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the promotion, has some thoughts about Nick Diaz getting a 5-year suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission. Fitch talked to MMA Fighting.
"It's could've been that's what they were looking for, was an ass-kissing," Fitch said. "They wanted somebody to kiss their boots. They'll pat you on the head, then after you kiss their boots, they give you a lighter sentence. Who knows? I mean, it'd be really corrupt and telling if that was it, and me speaking about this now, if consequences come down on me, we'll all know that there's some serious truth to it. I think fighters are starting to have enough. We've had enough of being treated the way we're treated.
"We're race horses who get sent out to the glue factory when our career is done, or when they decide our career is done. It's just sad, especially when you contrast the Nick Diaz situation, no fighters' association to help him out and have his back, to Tom Brady and the NFL Players' Association having his back and getting the suspension overturned. It's a clear symbol of, this is what happens when you have an association. This is what happens when you do not. Right? You have a lifetime ban, pretty much, versus nothing."
Fitch is currently serving a 9 month suspension from the California commission for a failed drug test following his December, 2014 loss to Rousimar Palhares at WSOF 16. It's believed he tested positive for elevated testosterone levels.