On Saturday June 23, Nate Diaz will have the biggest fight of his career when he faces Manny Gamburyan at The Ultimate Fighter Finale 5.
Only he'll have to do it without any help or guidance from his older brother and UFC veteran Nick Diaz, according to GracieFighter.com.
As UFCmania reported here back in March, Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana after his surprising and sensational win over PRIDE FC 160-pound champion Takanori Gomi at PRIDE 33.
That win was quickly overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and Diaz was suspended for six months. Because of that suspension, Diaz was unable to secure a corner's license for Saturday's fight.
Diaz will be replaced by ROTR and Shooto phenom Jake Shields, who will share cageside duties with Gilbert Melendez and Camp Instructor Cesar Gracie.
What effect his absence has on the performance of younger brother Nate remains to be seen.