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There is no justice in this world, and when one looks around and realizes this, the true artist, the true fighter, the true human being is forced to search for meaning within and only within. Just ask Nick Diaz, the UFC welterweight and fight philosopher par excellence, who returned to eligibility yesterday after getting suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission last September for having marijuana metabolites in his blood during his January 31, 2015, fight with Anderson Silva. Silva got popped by the same commission after the same fight for testing positive for steroids and received just a one-year suspension, which means since we last saw Nick Diaz in the Octagon Anderson, Silva—who was on steroids—has fought twice. And though Diaz’s suspension was eventually reduced to 18 months, the fact that we live in a world where marijuana will get you five years away and a $165,000 fine and steroids will get you one year and a deduction in your base pay, and where Brock Lesnar can walk away from UFC 200 with $2.5 million (disclosed) dollars in his pockets and estrogen blockers in his blood, boggles the mind and deflates the spirit. So in a world without justice, and in the midst of moral chaos, men like Nick Diaz have to find a way to control their own destinies.
So what does he do? Well, on his first day back as an employable man, Nick Diaz did the most Nick Diaz think you could imagine, responding with ambivalence to a call-out from newly minted welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Rather than act like any other fighter and jump at the chance to make his return to the cage a title fight, Diaz hedged and philosophized, calling into question the whole meaning of championship belts in a ….View full article