Up In Smoke: Nick Diaz Fails To Obtain License To Fight

Nate DoubleAnalyst IAugust 10, 2009

Welterweight fighter Nick Diaz has failed to show up for a drug test which makes it impossible for the California State Athletic Commission to grant him a license to fight on the August 15th Strikeforce event.

Diaz who looked very impressive in his last two bouts was scheduled to fight for the vacant welterweight title.

Diaz, a self proclaimed marijuana enthusiast, has a medical marijuana prescription. While that's all well and good, marijuana is still a banned substance under the CSAC rules.

Diaz has tested positive for marijuana in the past, and has even talked about how he can completely flush his system to pass a drug test in ten days.

The August 15th Strikeforce card has undergone some bad luck as it has shed its heavyweight title fight, had Diaz's original opponent Joe Riggs drop off the card, and has also lost its lightweight title holder Josh Thomson.

Strikeforce has tagged TUF alum Jesse Taylor to replace Diaz in a non-title fight against Jay Hieron.

While I'm not against marijuana use for medical or recreational purposes, Diaz should be ashamed that he's put the card in jeopardy and let down his fans.

Diaz was riding high (pun intended) after dismantling Frank Shamrock and Scott Smith, but once again he's gotten in his own way.

The question remains if Diaz will step up and be the fighter many think he can be or if his career will go up in smoke.