Nick Diaz returns to competition in May with match at World Jiu-Jitsu Expo

Though UFC welterweight Nick Diaz’s MMA career may still be up in the air, it appears the polarizing pugilist is still open to testing his widely-respected ground game as indicated by his expected presence on May 12 at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo in Long Beach, California. According to multiple sources, Diaz will compete in a “superfight” at the event against a yet-to-be-named adversary.

News of Diaz’s involvement was first reported by MMAFighting.

The bout will mark Diaz’s first significant appearance since testing positive for marijuana metabolites after a loss to Carlos Condit in February. He is expected to meet with the NSAC later this month to address any punishment associated with the infraction.

Unrelated to his use of a banned substance, the Stockton scrapper shocked the world by retiring from Mixed Martial Arts based on his dissatisfaction with the state of judging, pointing to Condit’s decision victory as an example of officials’ ignorance on the sport. He has yet to waver in his stance though a handful of his teammates/coaches have come forward to express their hope that he’ll change his mind at some point down the road.

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The WJJE will be the first of its kind and is expected to feature free classes from some of BJJ’s best including Robert Drysdale and Roger Gracie.