Nick Diaz has officially been added to EliteXC’s June 14 show in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to a recent announcement by ProElite.com. The web site has also revealed that Diaz’s opponent for the event will be ShoXC veteran Muhsin Corbbrey.
The two had been scheduled to fight in April on an EliteXC show that had been scheduled for Hawaii, however the card was ultimately canceled and Diaz was moved up to compete on the March 29 undercard for the EliteXC/Strikforce co-promoted event that featured Frank Shamrock and Cung Le in the main event.
Diaz’s opponent was changed from Corbbrey to Korean kickboxing specialist Jae Suk Lim, however, the match never took place after the California State Athletic Commission elected not to license Diaz for the event. According to published reports, CSAC’s position was that Diaz did not fill out all of his necessary medicals in time. Meanwhile, EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw stated otherwise, claiming it was his belief that Diaz was wrongfully prevented from fighting after he indicated on his medicals that he used marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Diaz was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following his upset victory over Takanori Gomi in February of 2007. Despite submitting Gomi with a gogoplata at 1:46 of round 2, NSAC eventually made the decision to declare the fight a no decision on grounds that Diaz’s THC level was too high.
He returned from suspension and made his EliteXC debut last September in Hawaii, where Diaz recorded a split decision over Mike Aina. He fought less than two months later in Corpus Christi, Texas this past November against K.J. Noons in a bout where the vacant EliteXC lightweight title was on the line. Diaz lost the fight after the fight was stopped following the first round when a doctor recommended that he no longer be allowed to continue to fight due to multiple lacerations to his face.
Corbbrey, who trains with both Din Thomas and John Blanken, made his ShoXC debut last July, where he defeated Lee Gibson via unanimous decision. He recorded his second ShoXC victory this past October when he rallied to submit Bobby McMaster with a rear naked choke with just one second remaining in round one.