The Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg fight card has already suffered its fair share of setbacks.
The heavyweight title bout of Fabricio Werdum vs. Alistair Overeem, originally slated to be on the card, had to be scrapped because of Overeem's injury.
The lightweight title was supposed to be contested between Gilbet Mendelez and Josh Thomson, but once again the titleholder had succumbed to injury, and Thomson was not medically cleared to fight.
Strikeforce did a great job of putting together a good card from these unexpected negatives, adding Mitsuhiro Ishida to the card so he might fight Mendelez for an interim belt, and adding Gegard Mousasi so that he could take on Renato 'Babalu' Sobral for the lightheavyweight title.
But it looks like lightning can strike thrice, if this report is anything to go by.
"The Nick Diaz vs Jay Heiron fight scheduled for the Aug 15 Strikeforce show in San Jose may be off pending results of a drug test. Diaz is scheduled to take the test Monday.
Diaz was scheduled to take a pre-fight drug test tonight in order to get licensed and no showed. Caesar Gracie stated Wednesday that Diaz would appear for the test tonight in Sacramento. Neither Diaz nor Caesar showed up for the test and representatives for Diaz said Diaz was "busy training".
Because of the time required to get test results back, CSAC believes the test would have had to be taken tonight. Strikeforce was contacted and promised Diaz would appear for the test Monday. CSAC has agreed to this new date but has stated there is a good chance test results will not be back in time to license him for the show.
Nick Diaz did not give a urine sample to the CSAC, and they say that there may not be enough time to get Diaz a license in time for the fight, which is next Saturday."
This wouldn't be the first time Nick Diaz has failed a drug test; in 2007, after having defeated Takanori Gomi by gogoplata, Diaz tested positive for marijuana, and the result was overturned to become a no contest.
Hmm. Scott Coker must have ran over a black cat with a ladder attached to the roof of his car while all of his mirrors simultaneously shattered.
What do you think? Has Diaz been eating one too many brownies?
graciefigherz, a member of Sherdog who is close to Caesar Gracie's camp, and who has provided valuable information on Nick Diaz in the past, had this to say on Sherdog.net:
"There is no excuse for why it took the csac 1 month to get the results back from barnetts test and there is no excuse why taking a drug test on monday would prevent you from getting the results back in time to let diaz fight on saturday
I'm still like 95% sure Diaz will be fighting. This is just a case of some website trying to make a story out of nothing and now bigger sites are picking up on the story without doing their fact checking. Seems to happen a lot in mma journalism for some reason."
This would be good news for everyone so let's hope it's all true.