EliteXC lightweight competitor Nick Diaz has been scheduled to appear on the undercard of the Strikeforce and EliteXC co-promoted event scheduled to take place on March 29 in San Jose at the HP Pavilion.
The news comes from a report on the website GracieFighter.com.
The card will be headlined by Frank Shamrock defending the Strikeforce middleweight title vs. Cung Le and will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME.
Diaz’s opponent on the show has not been named. He had been scheduled to fight Muhsin Corbbrey during EliteXC’s April 26 show in Honolulu, Hawaii, however, the fight has been scrapped.
The March fight will represent the first time Diaz has competed since suffering a second round TKO due to a doctor’s stoppage against K.J. Noons during EliteXC’s “Renegade” show in Corpus Christi, Texas this past November. After suffering multiple cuts in the fight, Diaz underwent plastic surgery intended to make his face less susceptible to cutting open.
In addition to Diaz’s match vs. an unnamed opponent and the bout featuring Le and Shamrock, a match between Jake Shields and Drew Fickett for the vacant EliteXC welterweight title is also slated to take place.
Gilbert Melendez had been set to defend the Strikeforce lightweight title against Jorge Masvidal. However, the match was canceled due to an injury sustained by Masvidal during last Friday unanimous decision victory over Ryan Healy during the “Strikeforce at the Dome” show. It is not known whether a replacement is being sought for Melendez.
Also, an inter-promotional middleweight matchup first reported by MMAjunkie.com that would have featured Joey Villasenor vs. Joe Riggs is now in doubt after Riggs sustained an injury during last Friday’s show as well.