Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
Prior to Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, Nick Diaz was scheduled to take on Jay Hieron for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. All of that was thrown out the window when Diaz decided to skip a mandatory drug test administered by the California State Athletic Commission.
Strikeforce and Showtime executives were displeased with the situation and when forced to find a replacement they called upon The Ultimate Fighter 7 alumni Jesse Taylor and placed his bout with Hieron on the non-televised section of the August 15 card.
Scott Coker and Ken Hershman recently spoke with ESPN Radio’s Steve Cofield where they provided their thoughts on Diaz and what steps the organization and network will take in the future.
“He was supposed to go in Friday for the test at the boxing fight and for whatever reason he didn’t show up,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. “He said he was in the mountains and wants to reschedule, we rescheduled and it was hard getting a hold of the guy, tracking him down was a lot of trouble but this is consistent with Nick’s behavior in the past.”
Diaz test positive for marijuana following his submission victory over Takanori Gomi at PRIDE 33: Second Coming on February 27, 2007. Following the positive test, Diaz was suspended and his bout was ruled a no contest.
Before his bout with Frank Shamrock, Diaz spoke with the Los Angeles Times and said, “I’m more consistent about everything being a cannabis user. Im happy to get loaded, hear some good music… I remain consistent. And I have an easy way to deal with [the drug tests].”
“I can pass a drug test in eight days with herbal cleansers. I drink 10 pounds of water and sweat out 10 pounds of water every day. I’ll be fine.”
According to a report, Diaz is considering taking a fight in DREAM in October while his camp works to get him re-licensed in California. While the talks are still in the preliminary stages, K-1 officials are said to be looking at a possible bout between Diaz and Hayato Sakurai.
“In April we didn’t deal with it because he was here, he showed up for the fight, in June he showed up for the fight and did everything he did and keep in mind he tested clean in April for that fight so we never thought anything of it,” continued Coker. “So June was fine and then you start hearing he missed a seminar, he missed this appearance and I’m going oh great and sure enough he missed the fight.”
“We can support him and get him licensed but if Showtime gets to that point where they’re done then it might be a tough road.”
While Diaz has had issues in the past whether it was a positive test with PRIDE or a hospital fight with Joe Riggs, Diaz did fight seven times between 2007-2009 with no issues with the commissions or promotions.
“If you’re going to be a main event fighter or a fighter at this level you’ve got to be able to show up and if you can’t and you’re not reliable then who can count on you and where are you going to go with your career,” said Showtime’s Vice President of Sports Ken Hershman. “So you’ve got to make a commitment, either you’re going to do it right or not do it at all. You only get one or two shots at that and then it’s done.”
“I don’t see how I could promote and spend hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars promoting somebody who’s not going to show up. It’s just bad business. It’s tough when a whole network and organization are relying on you and you don’t have the courtesy to show up and be professional, it’s tough. To me, it’s inexcusable and not something we want in this organization.”
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