MMA’s favorite soap opera, otherwise known as Nick Diaz‘s life, has taken yet another turn. Sherdog reported earlier today that Diaz will indeed fight in Dream.3 this weekend. Probably. If he can cut the weight in time and get to Japan. And if nothing else weird happens. Though it almost certainly will.
Cesar Gracie told Sherdog’s TJ De Santis that Pro Elite CEO Doug DeLuca stepped in to override Gary Shaw’s decision to pull Diaz from the show. Apparently Shaw (Elite XC’s President of Live Events) felt the Dream.3 fight was too close to Diaz’s June 14 bout for Elite XC, but DeLuca decided to cut Diaz a break because, according to Gracie, “[h]e thought Nick sort of got screwed with the whole California Athletic Commission thing.”
Yeah, you remember. The California Athletic Commission thing.
Even with this fortuitous turn of events, Gracie seems to have a well-earned skepticism about the whole matter:
“It was off, then on, then off again … now it’s back on. I won’t really believe it until he is on the plane tomorrow morning heading to Japan.”
“Tonight we will be pulling an all-nighter cutting weight,” Gracie said late Wednesday. “Nick was under the impression he wasn’t fighting. So now we have to get the weight back down before he leaves.”
Where we go from here, nobody knows. Hopefully DeLuca’s good deed goes unpunished, and all ends well for Diaz, Dream, and Pro Elite. The odds of that happening are slim.
Still, doesn’t it make you wonder how Nick Diaz’s life might have turned out differently if only he had a Doug DeLuca around all the time, helping him and guiding him like some kind of rich fairy godfather? I do. I wonder.