("…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:
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."