Jake Shields: Nick Diaz got “a little out of control” with drinking, but “he’s reigning it back in”

Jake Shields, Nick Diaz

Jake Shields says his teammate Nick Diaz got “a little out of control” with his drinking habits, but is confident the fan favorite is back on track.

Diaz has not fought since an early 2015 fight with Anderson Silva, which was originally a decision win in Silva’s favor, but was later overturned when both fighters failed drug tests. While it began to look like the former Strikeforce welterweight champion would never fight again, he recently laid out plans for a comeback.

In the years since Diaz last fought, there’s been reason to believe that he’s been partying pretty hard—primarily a handful of Instagram stories.

Shields, his long-time stablemate, recently confirmed that Diaz was hitting the bottle pretty hard, but clarified that the welterweight star is back on the straight-and-narrow.

“I think maybe there was one point where he got a little out of control,” Shields told SiriusXM (via Middle Easy). “But we knew that he would be back in. People gotta realize, I’ve been partying since I was 14. So for me it’s like, I’d have a fight, party, it was normal.

“But Nick never drank, never did anything other than smoke pot obviously. He was completely dedicated to just train, train, train. So I think while he did go that way for a little bit, got a little out of control, he’s reigning it back in.

“I think he’s got that part of his life over, he’s not out in Vegas all the time anymore, he’s back training. I think we’re seeing the old Nick coming back.”

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