Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz - Credit: Facebook/Nick Diaz

Welterweight contender Nick Diaz has been flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation for allegedly missing three drug tests in the last year alone.

This would be the second time that Diaz has been caught up in an anti-doping violation, as his fight against Anderson Silva was changed to a no-contest due to both fighters testing positive for banned substances.

The official statement from the UFC reads as follows:

“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.”

The American has been inactive for over two years and despite numerous rumours linking him to a fight with Georges St. Pierre, the Cesar Gracie Fight Team athlete may find himself suspended.
In accordance with USADA (and WADA) athletes are required to record their whereabouts to comply with the random drug testing programme.
At 33 years of age and such inactivity in recent years, it is likely that suspension will see Diaz retire from the sport, a theory which UFC president Dana White has also come out and spoke about in recent times.