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Nick Diaz Has Officially Screwed Strikeforce; Jesse Taylor to Step In Against Hieron

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(‘I just got one question: who here has some rolling papers?’)

Nick Diaz’s love of marijuana is unabashed and well documented, but he may have finally reached the point where even he will be forced to admit that it’s a problem that is negatively affecting his life.  According to multiple reports this afternoon, Diaz failed to contact the California State Athletic Commission about rescheduling the pre-licensing drug test that he missed on Friday, which means that he will not be fighting Jay Hieron for the Strikeforce welterweight title at “Carano vs. Cyborg” this Saturday night.  

Instead, TUF 7’s Jesse “JT Money” Taylor will step in to face Hieron in a non-title affair, meaning the most troubled Strikeforce card ever just took another crippling blow.  Presumably Diaz is listening to a voicemail message from Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker right now explaining that he’s not mad at him, just very, very disappointed.  And somehow, much to his surprise, that will make Nick feel so much worse.

It’s important to note that this is not a failed drug test by Diaz.  This is a failure to take a drug test, or rather the failure to even set up an appointment to take the drug test that he was supposed to take three days ago.  Not only did he not show up for the make-up test, he didn’t even bother setting up a time to do it, which means he decided that fighting for a title wasn’t even worth picking up the goddamn phone.

Sure, maybe he would have failed the test and been denied a license anyway.  But you at least have to roll the dice in that situation.  So far the CSAC says they’ve heard nothing from Diaz, nor from Cesar Gracie or anyone else in his camp.  Gracie is busy trying to spin this so it somehow seems like the CSAC’s fault.

Gracie told Sherdog that Diaz had an arrangement with former CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia that stipulated he only be tested on the night of his fights.  Of course, Garcia hasn’t been with the CSAC for about nine months and Diaz is subject to the same out-of-competition drug-testing as any other fighter in the state, so it’s not as if he can really cry foul simply because he wasn’t given ample notice to flush the banned substances out of his system.  Somehow that doesn’t stop Gracie from acting as if the Diaz camp is the aggrieved party here:

“They just changed the policy and gave us two days’ notice,” said Gracie. “We don’t have any options.”

Actually, that’s not at all true.  One option would be to go and take the test.  Another would be to not use banned substances.  A third would be to avoid using banned substances within a few weeks of the fight.  A fourth would be to seek natural highs, like those found on rollercoasters and in a child’s carefree laugh.  There are options, is the point.

We here at Cage Potato are all for personal liberty and each individual making their own choices about their own bodies, especially when it comes to recreational, non-performance-enhancing drug use.  But dammit, when it starts to affect your life, your career, and the lives/careers of those depending on you, that’s when you need to take a long look in the mirror and ask, ‘What am I doing with my life, and why does my face appear to be melting?’  

Diaz has let down himself, Strikeforce, his fans, and don’t even get us started on poor Jay Hieron, who can’t catch a break in this business.  It might be time for Diaz to do some soul-searching and decide what’s really important to him, though we have a sinking feeling that we already know what conclusions he’ll arrive at.

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825IVER- August 11, 2009 at 8:17 am
DAM IT NICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fedor vs. Bas- August 11, 2009 at 6:48 am
As much as I don't feel he has any competitive advantage from smoking. . . WTF NICK?! Amazing he excels in a sport built on discipline, but can't show any.
Swedish- August 11, 2009 at 6:47 am
this makes me so happy. Thank you Feydor for taking down SF

When will they announce that the card is cancelled? Calling in Mongo is just desperate. They lack the fighter depth to try to pull of a a-level league card.

Surfin Dave- August 11, 2009 at 6:24 am
"It has gotten to the point now that Dana will have Spike TV counter program Carano vs Cyborg with a Van Damme movie."

They should counter with a Cheech and Chong movie, since that whole demographic won't be watching the fights anymore.
jimbonics- August 11, 2009 at 5:57 am
Regardless what you think about weed, this is just a stupid selfish act on Nick's part.

Besides, I weigh 240 and can pass a test the day after smoking with a little Detoxify© XXClean. What's Nick weigh? 98 pounds?

Nick likes sucking on cylindrical things.
ksgbobo- August 11, 2009 at 5:51 am
The Diaz brothers are pieces of, I hope one day I can run across them in the street somewhere...what a piece of shit
ketamine4kids- August 11, 2009 at 5:16 am
There really isn't any excuse for's called being an adult and playing the game....only a 16-year old would think they get special rules(like only testing on night of the fight)....I'm a lifelong smoker who's never pissed hot, it's not that tough, but as much as I like Nick and his fighting style, this makes him look like an amateur.After I thumb my nose at authority(all he needs is 10 pounds of water a day, right?), I usually watch my step because the bastards will figure out a way to f you up. I guess I'm disappointed more that he let this be a problem than anything else. The fact that they shouldn't be testing for it is besides the point, he knew they did, and he did not do the right thing. Maybe he should tell CSAC he's a Rastafarian, it's against his religion to not smoke the ganj.
newdeal- August 11, 2009 at 4:06 am
Diaz is a drug addict. Please tell me what his medical condition is because I am guessing it's bs and should be in jail
Goog- August 11, 2009 at 2:17 am
Why is it still so surprising to some people when a douchebag pulls a douchebag move? This is not news. News would be Nick Diaz NOT smoking weed, Rampage NOT saying "nigger", and Fedor NOT ducking the UFC. You could set your watch by all this surprising shit.
GarethUFC- August 11, 2009 at 2:16 am
Im glad... i hope they go under... and ufc get fedor!
budsellers- August 11, 2009 at 1:42 am
since nick was assuming the test would happen the night of the fight, he might have counted back however many days he needed and stopped smoking a few days late(like any post smoker would). in other words, he knows he needed a few more days of stalling to get clean. while testing on fight night is not the recent custom in any state, especially for previous offenders, i am almost positive that the test nick failed was on fight night.

i dropped showtime last week soooo i was not planning on watching this show(fuck m-1!!), but i was going to watch nick's fight on youtube or wherever.
Bovice- August 11, 2009 at 1:11 am
The next time he appears in a fight, he'll have a High Times iron-on patch right on his crotch.
lilbigvince- August 11, 2009 at 12:43 am
Nick just fucked his fans once again.
Perma- August 11, 2009 at 12:12 am
Man its fucked up they changed the fucking rule, and If I was not high as fuck right now I would explain why!!!

RawRRRRRR Diaz!!! 420
Woody- August 10, 2009 at 11:25 pm
I think instead of the Zappos sponsor, he should have Zig Zag.
Dana White- August 10, 2009 at 10:52 pm
Nick is going to sign with the UFC next week watch .
KillDozer- August 10, 2009 at 10:20 pm
i bet Dana White had something to do with it. Everyone knows Nick smokes weed, so the assholes at NSAC go ahead and try test him like he is any other fighter. Fuck these morons.
MoTropolis- August 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm
I just registered so I could comment how funny purple was on this had me at "most humid".
rockybalboa25- August 10, 2009 at 9:33 pm
Dana is somewhere laughing his ass off. Can someone tell me why weed is even tested for. It can't make anyone fight better. It's not a performance enhancer in anyway. So why is this even an issue?
Jeffro- August 10, 2009 at 9:20 pm
Addicted to weed? I used to suck dick for coke. You ever suck dick for weed?

But seriously, why in the fuck would any orginization even try to hold a show in Cali. CSAC will fuck it up every time. I know, it's Nick's fault for being such a proud pothead, but who gives a shit if a guy like to pull bong hits 7 or 8 times a day.
Seoul Brother- August 10, 2009 at 9:13 pm
@PurplePickle: Dude, you should have them go to M-1 Global, Strikeforce, and maybe RedTube.

You are one sick, twisted, funny motherfucker, and I mean that in the best way.
NickDiazSaysSmokeWeedBitch- August 10, 2009 at 8:58 pm
smoke weeeeeeeed. i really dont see whats wrong except people still thinking that weed is bad. in life, you do what you want.
still looking forward to strikeforce's card. plus i think nick diaz has a license in cali to smoke weed, so shouldnt it be okay for him? fuck the system
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2gq4u- August 10, 2009 at 7:59 pm
Hoping Dana is behind it. Would be fucking sweet.
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