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Shields/Fickett Fight Canceled Again; Diaz Booked For DREAM.3


(Our thoughts exactly.)

I would take this as a clear sign that EliteXC’s welterweight belt is cursed by poltergeists and refuses to be possessed by mortals.

The championship fight between top 170-pound contender Jake Shields and challenger Drew Fickett for EliteXC’s vacant welterweight title has been postponed for a second time, as it was announced today that Fickett has injured his knee and will not be able to compete at EliteXC’s June 14th event in Honolulu, Hawaii. The two fighters were originally supposed to meet at “Shamrock vs. Le” on March 29th, but Shields pulled a muscle in his back days before the event, and Fickett took on Jae Suk Lim instead, winning by guillotine choke in the first round. Luckily, Shields doesn’t seem to be too disappointed by Fickett’s injury, as his back may not be 100% recovered yet anyway. As he told MMAWeekly:

“I think I could be okay to fight by (June 14), but I think opting for July would probably be the smartest thing. It would give me more time to rehab before jumping into sparring, and I think there would be a little more exposure with it being on CBS (in July).”

The June 14th card still features K.J. Noons defending his lightweight title against Yves Edwards, as well as fights between Nick Diaz and Muhsin Corbbrey, Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Tony Bonello, Rafael Feijao vs. Wayne Cole, and Ron Waterman vs. Dave Herman.

Speaking of Diaz, the pot-abusing lightweight has joined the lineup of DREAM.3 (May 11th; Saitama, Japan), where he’ll take on Katsuya Inoue, a two-time welterweight King of Pancrase with a career record of 16-5-3. Reportedly, the winner of that fight will face Hayato Sakurai for DREAM’s welterweight title in July or September. (I guess not all the belts will be awarded via chaotic grand prix.) With this addition, DREAM.3′s mighty, mighty lineup is looking like this:

Lightweight GP Round 2
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luis Buscape
Joachim Hansen vs. Eddie Alvarez
Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Caol Uno
Katsuhiko Nagata vs. [whoever fills in for Shinya Aoki]

Middleweight GP Round 1 Fight
Jason Miller vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Middleweight GP Reserve Fight
Melvin Manhoef vs. Kim Dae Won

Nick Diaz vs. Katsuya Inoue (welterweights)

Jung Bukyung vs. Daisuke Nakamura (lightweights)

Takeshi Yamazaki vs. TBA (featherweights)

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Blackleg- May 5, 2008 at 12:20 pm
I saw the first round on HDNet this weekend. Joachim is money. I love watching that guy fight. Though it creeps me out a little that he's so pale you can almost see through him, kinda like watching a jelly fish fight. Dude gets seriously aggro in the ring, great to watch.

Since when do Japanese shows not test for drugs? Wasn't it a Pride event that yanked the win from Diaz after he pissed positive for tree?
Ken- May 3, 2008 at 5:58 am
Nick Diaz looks like Scar from The Lion King
Limbo Spice- May 3, 2008 at 5:11 am
To answer your question anonymous: If you breath hard near Diaz his entire face shreds like tissue paper.
Gotrox- May 1, 2008 at 9:12 pm
Nick Diaz and Jason Miller own
Anonymous- May 1, 2008 at 9:10 pm
Why did Nick leave the UFC?
Bdizzle- May 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm
what does this air on?
Jim Cozad- May 1, 2008 at 7:44 pm
This is a stacked event... I'm spazzing out trying to figure out how to watch this live from the U.S. I could care less if I have to watch it 6am in the morning and would like to pay to watch this to support this org instead of watching it on the internet a few days later. Can't wait to see Joachim Hansen, Jason Miller's entrance, Melvin Manhoef, Diaz and Jung Bukyung (really impressed me in the Aoki fight).
Jemaleddin- May 1, 2008 at 6:18 pm
Japan may not test for drugs or steroids, and that fact may make some of view the results of their fights with suspicion, but at least they provide a sanctuary for Nick Diaz. FANTASTIC!
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