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DeLuca Pulls Rank, Makes Diaz’s ‘Dream’ Come True


(Diaz looks to the heavens as if to say, ‘Stop screwing with me, God.’)

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.

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phil magroin- May 9, 2008 at 3:27 am
It's hard to cut wait after eating an entire batch of brownies
Toner Breath- May 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm
KTFO says "when was the last time a pot-head did anything great?"

I took a monster shit the size of a turkey this morning. When I wiped, nothing was there. If that aint doing something great then I don't know what is....

Oh yea... and Diaz put Gomi in a gogoplata, I guess thats "kinda" great.
Zackary Adams- May 8, 2008 at 1:13 pm
"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."

"I'm just a gigolo, and everywhere I go, peole know the part I'm playin"- David Lee Roth

First thing I had pop in my head. You gotta love old men who take care of their young boys in need!
KTFO- May 8, 2008 at 3:49 am
For all you dumbass "legalize it" douchebags: Of course weed is not performance enhancing, dumbshits, when was the last time a pot-head did anything great? It makes you dumber and slower than usual. It's banned from MMA because they are trying to improve the public opinion and attempting to have some resemblance to a respectable sport.
legalize it- May 8, 2008 at 3:26 am
keep smokin that DOCTOR PRESCRIBED medical marijuana.
Wad- May 8, 2008 at 1:09 am
Diaz is a great fighter but has had a lot of tough luck. He had surgery done to shave down the bones in his brow a little and remove scar tissue so that he won't cut so easily. And it's really lame how he's been screwed around because of smoking weed. It's absurd that it's considered a banned substance as it's SO obviously not a performance enhancing drug in any way, but that's an issue for another thread. Go Diaz!
Joe Son- May 7, 2008 at 11:47 pm
Word, Alex. Who cares if he smokes weed? Smoking weed and jiu-jitsu are both totally awesome, and Diaz excels at both.
Alex- May 7, 2008 at 11:12 pm
Wow, I don't know how I'd feel about cutting weight and then flying to japan. Sounds pretty brutal.

Also if you don't like nick diaz you're a big stupid jerkface. So there.
H20- May 7, 2008 at 10:47 pm
bump this story to high times magazine k thx
BIG CHRIS- May 7, 2008 at 10:41 pm
Why do you guys keep posting stories about this no talent scar tissue faced pothead...No one cares about this guy....
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