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Nick Diaz Likely To Fight for DREAM in October, Hayato Sakurai Possible Opponent

Nick DiazWith Nick Diaz sidelined from fighting California for the immediate future after recently declining to take a mandatory drug test, the Strikeforce welterweight could fight in Japan for DREAM in October, according to Sherdog:

Cesar Gracie, Diaz’s longtime trainer and manager, met with Dream Event Producer Keiichi Sasahara at Strikeforce this past weekend in San Jose, Calif., to discuss the possibility of Diaz competing either Oct. 6 or 22. Gracie said Sasahara expressed an interest in the outspoken 28-year-old facing Japanese legend Hayato Sakurai, but that talks were in the preliminary stages.

Despite being forced off Saturday’s “Carano vs. Cyborg” card in San Jose, Diaz remains in line to fight Jay Hieron for the newly-created Strikeforce welterweight title, possibly as early as December, though the fight hinges on his re-licensure and the result of the likely DREAM fight.

According to California State Athletic Commission Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas, Diaz could be tested for re-licensure in a matter of weeks, with Gracie and Diaz saying he’ll cease using prescribed marijuana for ADHD during that time to pass the screening while also working on passing a “Theraputic Usage Exemption” program that would allow fighters to use banned substances if prescribed by a doctor for a medical condition.


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