A planned bout between Diaz and Katsuya Inoue that had been scheduled for Sunday’s DREAM.3 card has been canceled, according to a report by Josh Gross of SI.com.
News of the possible cancellation first surfaced Monday night at the website GracieFighter.com, which is owned and operated by Diaz’s trainer, Cesar Gracie.
According to Gross, EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw phoned Gracie Tuesday morning to inform him that a decision had been made to pull Diaz from DREAM’s show.
Diaz had originally been scheduled to fight for DREAM during its second show on April 29 after DREAM officials and Diaz’s camp had obstained consent from EliteXC. However, reports indicate that Diaz’s appearance was pushed back to the promotion’s May 11 card without proper consent from EliteXC.
According to Gross’ report, Shaw apparently didn’t find out Diaz was set to fight at DREAM.3 until just a couple of days ago.
A contractual issue arose with DREAM’s decision to re-schedule Diaz because he’s also set to fight Muhsin Corbbrey during EliteXC’s June 14 show in Honolulu, Hawaii. The card is scheduled to be shown on premium-cable network Showtime, which reportedly has a policy that fighters cannot compete within 30 days of a fight scheduled on its network.
Gross first reported on the situation during his Monday column, with Gracie indicating that Diaz would likely be allowed to compete for DREAM, but that his scheduled fight for EliteXC on June 14 was the one that was in jeopardy.
“Gary Shaw is going to honor the agreement that one of his underlings made, even though they didn’t pass it by him,” Gross quoted Gracie as saying. “He would have never agreed to it. [That] is what he told me, because it was too close to June 14. Right now, the fight that’s in jeopardy is the June 14 Hawaii fight.”
The news of Diaz’s removal from the card could come as a complete surprise to DREAM, as FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that a U.S.-based freelance cameraman had been hired on DREAM’s behalf to fly to San Francisco on Monday to record promotional footage of Diaz.