Nick Diaz Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges, UFC Releases Statement

UFC fighter Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz Credit: Dave Mandel/

Nick Diaz is in serious legal trouble following the UFC star’s arrest in Las Vegas stemming from domestic violence charges.

If you were hoping to see Nick Diaz in the UFC octagon any time soon, you’re likely to be waiting a little longer. On Friday, news broke that Diaz (26-9 (2)), aged 34, had been arrested on domestic violence charges. According to booking info from the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas (via MMA Junkie), Diaz is facing two charges: Domestic Battery by Strangulation, and Domestic Battery in the 1st Degree.

According to Officer Larry Hadfield of the LVMPD Office of Public Information, speaking to MMAjunkie, the alleged victim was female. She was transported to hospital. Diaz, meanwhile, reportedly did not go quietly.

Later Friday, the UFC released a statement in response to the incident, saying that the “UFC is aware of the recent arrest of middleweight athlete, Nick Diaz. The organization does not tolerate domestic violence and requires all athletes to adhere to the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. Every athlete is deserving of due process and this situation, as with any official allegations, will be duly reviewed and thoroughly investigated by an independent party.”

Diaz last fought in January 2015, against Anderson Silva, a fight that was originally a decision loss for the Stockton native. However, failed drug tests by Silva (numerous performance enhancing substances) and Diaz (marijuana) saw the result overturned to a No Contest.

Diaz recently completed his most recent suspension, for whereabouts failures under USADA. No formal date for his return had been set.

Diaz’ younger brother, Nate, is also in a bit of legal hot water following an attack on Clay Guida at a Combate Americas event.