Last night it was announced by MMA Weekly that Nick Diaz would no longer be competing on Saturday’s card due to “undisclosed reasons.” Now, according to Sherdog, we’ve found out what those reasons are:
“He did not turn in his medical information in time for the fight,” said Garcia, confirming an MMAWeekly report that Diaz was removed from the Showtime-televised card. “They were just turned in today.”
Late Wednesday evening, however, EliteXC President Gary Shaw, who promotes Diaz, disputed Garcia’s account.
“He never mentioned anything about late medicals,” said Shaw. “And if there were late medicals it wasn’t because of Nick Diaz and it wasn’t because of EliteXC.”
The issue, as described to him by Garcia, said Shaw, was Diaz’s prescription for medical marijuana, which is legal in California based on the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
According to the report, Cesar Gracie says that Diaz’s card is for his Attention Deficit Disorder. Whatever. That’s not the issue at hand here. The issue is, according to this report, that Diaz told the commission’s own doctor on March 10th that he uses medical marijuana. That was over two and a half weeks ago and somehow it’s become an issue just two or three days before the fight was supposed to take place. Looks like a serious case of miscommunication on someone’s part here.
Jared Shaw, the VP of EliteXC, does go on to say in the report that Diaz is scheduled to fight on their June 14th show in Hawaii.
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