The Strikeforce welterweight championship bout between Nick Diaz and Jay Hieron could be nixed from this Saturday’s “Carano vs. Cyborg” card at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Diaz failed to appear for a pre-fight drug test Friday scheduled by the California State Athletic Commission to complete his re-licensing in the state, as first reported by http://www.f4wonline.com.
Cesar Gracie, Diaz’ mananger, said Diaz was caught off-guard by what he calls a change in drug testing policy.
Gracie said Diaz has a legal medical prescription for marijuana to treat a hyperactivity disorder. Gracie said Armando Garcia’s previous arrangement with the fighter allowed the state agency to recognize the fighter’s condition and gave Diaz a two-week window to flush the drug out of his system. Armando Garcia is no long with the CSAC, and the rule has been changed, unbeknownest to Diaz.
“Armando Garcia’s policies and agreements became null and void with his departure from CSAC in November 2008,” said CSAC Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas. “In terms of agreements, this CSAC administration does not make agreements or special policies with individuals that are in direct contradiction to our own rules.”
“They just changed the policy and gave us two days’ notice,” said Gracie. “We don’t have any options.”
Failure of a drug test could result in a one year suspension for Diaz.
Earlier today, Shawn Tompkins, Heiron’s coach from Xtreme Couture, called Diaz out on his facebook page.
“Don’t be an [expletive], do your drug test. We are coming for that title”.