Nickolas Robert “Nick” Diaz was arrested for domestic violence in Las Vegas. Usually, that wouldn’t make headlines. But Diaz is a rising start in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as well as other forms of mixed martial arts.
Diaz decided to fight law enforcement when they responded to a domestic violence call at Diaz’s residence. That choice landed the athlete a few days in jail.
Diaz’s victim told law enforcement the UFC star had been on cocaine when he was arrested.
Diaz has a history of problems when it comes to violent acts.
In May 2018, Diaz was arrested and charged with a pair of counts of domestic battery. Diaz, 34 was detained at the Clark County Detention Center.
Larry Hadfield, the public information officer for Las Vegas Metro Police Department, told reports officers answered a call and were sent to a Vegas residence around 7:30pm.
Twelve units went to the scene, the victim was taken to an area hospital, and Diaz wanted to fight the cops as they arrested him. Diaz’s bail was set at $18,000.
A UFC spokesperson gave a statement, saying: “The organization does not tolerate domestic violence. Each athlete deserves due process, and this situation will be reviewed and investigated.”
Diaz, who has been dancing around retirement rumors, had just come off a one-year suspension for missing three drug tests during a twelve-month period. Diaz’s last fight was January 31, 2015, when Anderson Silva won. That result was overturned as Silva tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and Diaz tested positive for pot.
Diaz has found himself around the edges of other incidents. In April 2010, Diaz was caught up in a challenge with Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Miller challenged Diaz to about, Diaz laid out his conditions, and it was game on.
When the dust settled, three fighters were arrested, given three-month suspended sentences and fined between $5,000 and $7,500. Ultimately, the 1705 pound Diaz refused to fight Miller unless Miller drop his weight to 170 pounds for the fight.
Dias was primed to fight Estima in a ‘grappling match in May 2012. Diaz didn’t show for the event, and Estima called Diaz ‘disrespectful.’ Again, Diaz played the weight card and accused Estima of failing to ‘make weight’ as justification for not showing up for the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo.
Later, Estima, a training partner with Georges St-Pierre, approached Diaz to make amends. Diaz shoved Estima away and called Diaz “antagonizing.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Nevada ranks among the worst states for domestic violence.
Since domestic violence is an invisible crime lacking a national directory to track numbers, determining its extent in Las Vegas as compared to other municipalities is difficult.
There are plenty of catalysts in town — booze, drugs, clashing work schedules, gambling, sex and a tough economy.
The Clark County District Attorney’s Office generally gets 15 new cases every day. The events can be challenging to prosecute when victims — perhaps fearing retaliation — are reluctant to cooperate.