Other than his recent first place finish in his age group at an XTerra Triathlon, very little has been heard about Nick Diaz’s athletic aspirations since the former Strikeforce champion received an official yearlong suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission pertaining to a failed drug test for marijuana metabolites. While he doesn’t appear to be wavering on his related retirement from MMA, one of the individuals closest to the enigmatic Diaz spoke up about the situation while emphasizing his remaining hope where the Stockton scrapper’s future in fighting was concerned.

“There’s retired and there’s RETIRED,” said Cesar Gracie in an interview with Fight Hub TV. “One day you have a job and you retire, you’re retired. But Nick’s too young, he’s what, 28-29, whatever he is. I think the word can be used … how about temporarily retired? I think that would be a better thing about it, I hope temporarily retired.”

Gracie, who is Diaz’s longtime trainer and manager, also explained his desire to see Diaz treated fairly by the NAC despite their past issues and his star student’s ongoing litigation against the regulatory board.