A welterweight title fight between Nick Diaz and Jay Hieron at this weekend’s Strikeforce show has been scrapped because Nick Diaz didn’t show up for a drug test. The California State Athletic Commission revealed over the weekend that Diaz hadn’t shown for a Friday test and gave him a new Monday deadline. But Diaz didn’t show and the fight was called off.
Why did Nick skip out on the testing? Because he knew he would fail. Nick has never kept his pot smoking a secret and has paid for it several times in his career. In 2007 he was suspended for six months after a post-even drug test revealed he was baked out of his mind during a fight. And another fight was called off in 2008 because he told the commission he smoked marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Once again, Nick Diaz’s camp isn’t trying to hide the fact that he’s been smoking pot. Their claim is that they had ‘an informal arrangement’ with the former head of the California State Athletic Commission where Nick’s medical marijuana card (related to Attention Deficit Disorder) allowed him to smoke. Unfortunately for Nick, the former head was forced out over a sex scandal and the new people in charge never got the memo.
So rather than submit his pee and risk another suspension, Diaz decided not to show for the tests. His pot smoking damages his career yet again, and Strikeforce loses one of their more popular stars for their big card this weekend.