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Nick Diaz hopes Ronda Rousey doesn't get in trouble for anti-NAC comments

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Nick Diaz has his own problems, but he's also worried his friend Ronda Rousey might get in trouble for her comments in support of him last week in Australia.

The UFC women's bantamweight champion -- and company's biggest star -- bashed the Nevada Athletic Commission for suspending Diaz five years and fining him $165,000 for testing positive for marijuana. It was Diaz's third offense. Rousey said she doesn't believe weed should even be a part of a drug test and that it's only screened for political reasons.

"She didn't need to do that," Diaz told TMZ on Monday. "I don't know if she caught heat for it...I hope she didn't. But Ronda understands how I am. She's like me, only a girl. A prize fighter. She's a great friend."

Diaz's biggest concern right now is making money. MMA paid the bills and was a pretty lucrative business for him. His last bout, against Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in January, was a pay-per-view success.

"I have to figure out how to make a living," Diaz said.

"It's upsetting. I held off on having kids and getting married so I could fight. I gave my life to this. I am a fighter. It's what I am. A lot of guys have to worry about what their wives and kids think, I don't. All my attention goes towards fighting, and now I don't know if I can fight. They've taken it away from me."

Diaz, 31, would be 36 years old by the time he would be able to fight again if the NAC's ruling holds. Diaz's attorney Lucas Middlebrook said he will file a petition for judicial review in order to get his client's case in front of an actual judge. This could be a lengthy appeal process based around the fact that Diaz actually passed two other fight-night drug tests at UFC 183.

In the meantime, Diaz will have to figure out how to conserve money and pay for his legal fees.

"I'm just trying to make ends meet," the former Strikeforce champion said.

There is very little chance that another state or governing body would let Diaz compete, especially ones that are part of the Association of Boxing Commissions like Nevada. The UFC also has never gone against a suspension by the NAC. Still, Diaz is holding out hope something might change.

"I've been hearing other states' athletic commissions are angry about the ruling, so hopefully I'll be able to fight in those states," he said.