Nick Diaz Off Strikeforce Card – Jesse Taylor In
Nick Diaz will not be appearing on the August 15th Strikeforce card after failing to obtain a license to fight in California after missing a scheduled CSAC drug test last Friday. In his place, Jay Hieron will now face The Ultimate Fighter 7 contestant Jesse Taylor. Taylor is on a seven fight win streak since leaving the UFC after a loss to CB Dollaway.
The Diaz/Hieron fight was to be a battle for the newly minted Strikeforce Welterweight title. The new Hieron/Taylor fight will not be for the title according to Scott Coker, Strikeforce CEO.
The match has been surrounded by troubles. Initially, Joe Riggs was scheduled to face Diaz for the title. After being hospitalized, Riggs was replaced by Jay Hieron after his Affliction fight was cancelled. Now, Diaz is off the card.
The card still features three Strikeforce title fights with Gina Carano facing Cristiane Cyborg for the Women’s title, Babalu defending his Light-Heavyweight belt against Gegard Mousasi, and Gilbert Melendez facing Mitsuhiro Ishida for the Interim Lightweight belt.