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Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Keith Kizler Comments On Next Steps For Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz recently lost his bout at UFC 143 against Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight championship. After the fight, Diaz abruptly suggested he was thinking about retirement. A short time later, his post-fight drug tests were returned with a positive reading for marijuana and a masking agent.

If Diaz does not stick to his proposed retirement -- which few are expecting at this point -- his potential rematch with Condit is in serious jeopardy based on the failure of the drug test.

Kid Nate at Bloody Elbow relays that Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer recently appeared on Sirius XM and discussed what will happen now for Diaz. This is what Kizler had to say:

The complaints have been mailed to him. He'll receive the complaint by mail and he'll have 20 days upon receipt to file an answer.

With the complaint, those are just allegations at this time. There's been no finding against him. He'll have ample opportunity to respond to the complaint and then we'd put it on for a hearing at a time that works for him as well as the Attorney General's office...Probably April based on past disciplinary complaints and at that time, there'll be a hearing before the full commission and then they make a decision at that time and if they found the athlete guilty, they'd then impose whatever discipline they felt was appropriate.

Given that Chael Sonnen and Sean Sherk both made comebacks from more serious failures than this, it would not be a surprise if Diaz returned to the UFC in short order.

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