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Strikeforce Hasn’t Given Up on Nick Diaz

("…so I came to the point where I knew my life had become unmanageable, and if I was going to get well again, I had to turn my life over to a higher power. Nah, just fuckin’ with you, I hotboxed in the car on the way over here." Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

After Nick Diaz‘s love of the ganja screwed "Carano vs. Cyborg" out of a welterweight title fight, we wondered if Strikeforce would finally decide that the Stocktonite was too much of a liability to keep around. Well don’t worry, Diaz fans, because that little misunderstanding has been completely sorted out. As Scott Coker said during the "Carano vs. Cyborg" post-fight press conference:

“We had a conversation with Cesar Gracie about the Nick Diaz situation, so I feel very comfortable Nick will be back shortly. I think he’s going to meet with the athletic commission, get that all worked out, and hopefully we’ll see Nick back here before the end of the year. Jay Hieron came here to fight Nick Diaz, so we will put that fight together.”

Okay, so maybe Diaz will be kicked out of Strikeforce the next time this happens. If he can refrain from inhaling from now until his next fight, he should be able to take a drug test without getting busted. Still, I wouldn’t put Nick’s face on any promotional posters until he can prove himself.

As for when Diaz and Hieron will throw down, it could be November or December. Strikeforce has scrapped their original plan of having their next big fight card in October, with Scott Coker announcing that Fedor Emelianenko‘s debut is "probably going to be in November." (Strikeforce will put on "Challengers" events in September and October; their 9/25 card will be headlined by Tim Kennedy vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos.) Coker mentioned Brett Rogers and Fabricio Werdum as the two front-runners for Emelianenko’s first opponent in Strikeforce. Regarding the chilling rumor that a fight between Fedor and Ricco Rodriguez was being put together, Coker said "That was never even talked about."

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Jackal- August 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Is anyone else just bothered by frank shamrocks mug? Strikeforce camera team stop with the close-ups
Chri534.- August 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm
Stocktonite sounds weird to it not Stocktonian?
NastyNudoh- August 17, 2009 at 11:02 am
ahahah Bob Reilly got pwnd aha
two_black_eyes- August 17, 2009 at 9:09 am
how many internets you got?
Bob Reilly- August 17, 2009 at 8:58 am
I live in Canada, and legitly watched it om the internets for Freeeeeeeee. I know what you're thinkin.... thats not legit! And to that I say... Kiss my ass.
Jay Smith- August 17, 2009 at 8:45 am
I guess I'll hold off on judging Strikeforce till their next event then, but if that one sucks, I'm through with them!!!............Who the hell am I kidding, I'll keep watching. DAMN my love of MMA!!!!
Mike Milbury- August 17, 2009 at 8:40 am
I would think Strikeforce is doing us a favor by making their shows PPV-only in Canada. Fights aside, Strikeforce/Showtime has terrible production values. Everything from the Mauro/Gus, the ring announcer, "Keys to the Fights" 90s CG shit, to the cheesy pyro/flamethrowers was contrived or just plain bad.

And before another UncleSamsMisgui... douchebag pops in with a smartass response: To watch Strikeforce in Canada legit, we have to pay $50 on PPV.
One Two- August 17, 2009 at 8:30 am
FUCK I hope fedor doesn't have ring rust and end up losing, hopefully he'll get rogers first for a warm-up.
MC Obscene- August 17, 2009 at 8:28 am
That has to be the only picture with Nick Diaz smiling and not giving the middle finger salute.
LAS- August 17, 2009 at 8:18 am
Christ Uncle Sam, is it that hard to figure out? Strikeforce events are only available on PPV in Canada. There's only someone posting about it in every single thread about Strikeforce.
UncleSamsMisguidedChild- August 17, 2009 at 7:42 am
Maybe because Strikeforce was on Showtime and no one shelled out 50 clams for it.
kangerpang- August 17, 2009 at 7:26 am
Strikeforce hasnt given up on Diaz, but i've given up on Strikeforce, how the hell do you charge 50 bucks for a PPV thats under 2 hours long?
Not one undercard fight shown when none of the maincard fights went the distance?
wtf strikeforce?
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 17, 2009 at 7:17 am
"Regarding the chilling rumor that a fight between Fedor and Ricco Rodriguez was being put together, Coker said "That was never even talked about."

* wheh *

Further proof of the existance of a mercifully God.
OpShut- August 17, 2009 at 6:34 am
Hope that Hieron vs. Diaz does happen, should be a great fight.....more importantly, The Iceman is going to be on Dancing with The Stars??!!?? Can't wait for that photo caption.....should be some of The Ben's best work since the impartial Bob Reilly poll photo.....
WithoutRemorse- August 17, 2009 at 6:30 am
Thank christ that Ricco isnt in the running... jubus.. i had that little bit of vomit hit the back of my throat when I read that.

1st! i think