Nick Diaz is being forced to withdraw from his fight against Katsuya Inoue at DREAM 3 this Sunday, May 11, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, according to Josh Gross at SportsIllustrated.com.
Apparently there is a stipulation in all Elite XC fighter contracts that says if they're scheduled to compete on a Showtime event then they cannot compete in any other sanctioned fight within 30 days of that event. And Diaz is scheduled to fight on June 14 against Muhsin Corbbrey on Showtime.
That would technically be 33 days, but that's a little too close for comfort for Live Events President Gary Shaw and Elite XC.
The promotion's reluctance to let its guy compete with such little time in between is understandable, considering they already lost one co-main event for the June 14 show when Drew Fickett had to withdraw from his welterweight title fight against Jake Shields because of a knee injury.
Originally when Elite XC and Gary Shaw signed off to let Diaz compete for DREAM he was supposed to be on the DREAM 2 card on April 29; however, according to Shaw, DREAM moved his fight to the May 11 DREAM 3 card without his approval.
Shaw claims he didn't know anything about this switch until he read about it on the Internet two days ago.
Here's a snip from Diaz's trainer Cesar Gracie:
"We put these two organizations in contact with each other. They were supposed to figure it out but there was some miscommunication somewhere."
This seems like the millionth time a Nick Diaz fight has been canceled in the past couple months. Are we ever going to see this kid fight? Hopefully, the Corbbrey scrap on June 14 actually happens.
But at this rate don't hold your breath.