Diaz and NSAC have talks over ban

UFC welterweight Nick Diaz could have his five-year suspension shortened by the Nevada State Athletic Commission if the ongoing settlement talks are successful.

On September 14, the NSAC banned Diaz for five years after he failed a drug test taken on January 31. He tested positive for marijuana, which was the third time he had tested positive in Nevada.

Diaz, 32, confirmed the discussions on Tuesday via social media. "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."

The five-year suspension was thought to be far too harsh by many, which sparked outrage from numerous fronts both inside and outside the sport. Over 100,000 people signed a White House petition to have the ban shortened.

MMA Fighting have confirmed that settlement talks are happening with Diaz's lawyer Middlebrook calling it "a work in progress".