Nick Diaz’s lawyer Ross Goodman wasn’t messing around when he told the Nevada State Athletic Commission to add Nick to April’s NSAC hearing. He’s just sued the commission in big boy court, meaning the commission no longer gets to arbitrarily decide for themselves what their statutes mean. And because Goodman’s family has spent over a decade running Las Vegas, I’m sure he’ll get a judge he’s familiar with. But remember: justice is blind! It’s not a whore to money and influence at all.
At least the legal reaming that’s going to go on will be in our favor. While Nick’s brother Nate is still saying Nick has no interest in returning, Nick’s filing contained this interesting quote:
“On February 7th, 2012, the UFC’s President publicly announced that Mr. Condit agreed to an immediate rematch against me. It is my understanding that the winner of that rematch will be offered a contest against Georges St-Pierre, the current UFC welterweight champion,” said Diaz.
“The summary suspension against me, made without any consideration of the merits of the Complaint, is the only reason I am aware of that a rematch against Mr Condit has not been scheduled. If the summary suspension is set aside, I would be prepared to compete against Mr. Condit or against any other opponent deemed suitable immediately.”
Goodman is suing the NSAC specifically over Diaz not getting his commission hearing within 45 days of his suspension. Which seems pretty reasonable to me – if you’re going to be taking away a fighter’s ability to compete, you better determine within a month and a half that the guy is actually guilty. The NSAC tried to wiggle out of that citing a technicality, but it will be interesting to see if that holds up in court. We’ll find out on May 14th, when the case is scheduled.