Nick Diaz releases statement after case dismissal, says he’s focused on MMA return


Nick Diaz is turning the page and looking forward to resuming his career after the conclusion of his court case earlier today.

Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) was accused of domestic violence stemming from an alleged incident with a woman in May. He was arrested and spent the next several months defending him his innocence in court. Today, The Clark County (Nev.) District Attorney’s office abruptly changed direction, deciding to not press charges against Diaz.

The decision ended a dark period in Diaz’s personal life, and hours after he broke his silence on the issue. Diaz released a prepared statement on social media, thanking his supporters and declaring that his focus is back on fighting (via Twitter):

“I’m grateful this case is finally over, I want to thank my team and my lawyer Ross Goodman for the excellent work. But most importantly, I want to thank the fans who stuck by my throughout this process. I’m happy to put this chapter of my life behind me and I’m looking forward to focusing on my return.”

Diaz, 35, has not competed in MMA since his no-contest with Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in January 2015. The former Strikeforce champion is winless over his past three bouts and hasn’t got his hand raised since battering UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn to a unanimous decision at UFC 137 in October 2011.

Fighting hasn’t necessarily been at the forefront of Diaz’s attention in recent years, but he did recently lash out at UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on social media, calling for a matchup with the dual-UFC champ.

Diaz is still under UFC contract, with company president Dana White expressing multiple times over the years that the organization constantly offers him fights.

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