Nick Diaz. Photo courtesy of ProElite.
Dream has posted that Nick Diaz will be competing at their Dream 3 event on May 11, 2008. His opponent will be longtime Pancrase veteran Katsuya Inoue. Though Dream 3 is slated to be the second round of Dream’s Lightweight Grand Prix, the Diaz-Inoue fight is not scheduled to be part of that tournament.
EliteXC’s Nick Diaz has had a career of ups and downs. It includes championships in the WEC and IFC, as well as a long run in the UFC. But it has also been marred by controversy, including having his impressive submission victory over Pride’s Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi overturned when he failed a post fight drug test for marijuana. Most recently, he was delayed in obtaining a fight license in California due to his medicinal marijuana usage, forcing his fight, on the undercard of the Frank Shamrock vs Cung Le show, to be cancelled two days beforehand.
Diaz is also scheduled to fight just 4 weeks later on EliteXC’s June 14th card in Hawaii. But as reported this morning, stablemate Jake Shields’ fight for that night has already been postponed. Between that and EliteXC’s need to fill their second TV show in July on CBS, many have raised suspicions as to whether many of the fights on that card June 14th card will happen.
The Nightmare of Battle is reporting that the winner of Diaz vs. Inoue will face Hayato Sakurai for the Dream Welterweight title in July or September.