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Demetrious Johnson not about to boycott Nevada on Nick Diaz's behalf

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Don't count Demetrious Johnson among those who will avoid Nevada to show solidarity for Nick Diaz.

While last week's Nevada Athletic Commission decision to suspend Diaz five years following his third marijuana infraction in the state brought near universal condemnation in the mixed martial arts world, Johnson's not about to stop fighting in Las Vegas.'s Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight that Johnson, who defeated John Dodson in the main event of UFC 191 at the MGM Grand, wants to compete next on the Feb. 5 card scheduled for Las Vegas.

Johnson added that he's never had a problem with NAC.

"I think it's foolish for fighters not to fight in Vegas because of someone else's fault," Johnson said.

While Johnson's position is likely not going to be popular, when push comes to shove, more than a week removed from the controversial NAC ruling, only three fighters -- Henry Cejudo, Leslie Smith, and Aljamain Sterling -- have gone on the record as refusing to compete in Nevada. That's out of a roster of 500 fighters.

Cejudo is on the short list of fighters in line for the next shot at Johnson's title, which means he could eventually have to decide between sticking with his boycott or taking the shot at the belt.

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