THE WEED CHRONICLES: Jesse Taylor replaces Nick Diaz to fight Jay Hieron at Strikeforce on Aug. 15

Nick Diaz will not be fighting Jay Hieron in their originally scheduled welterweight title fight at Strikeforce’s “Carano vs. Cyborg” event on Aug. 15. Instead, former TUF 7 reject Jesse Taylor will replace Diaz to face the Xtreme Couture fighter.

So why is Diaz not fighting? Well, he smokes weed. Medicinal marijuana is legal in California and he is allowed by law to toke. Except, the California State Athletic Commission (CASC), a state government run organization, considers the herb a banned substance for pro MMA fighters. So Diaz is allowed to toke by one section of government and not allowed by another section of the same government.

Diaz was selected for a random drug screen on short notice according to a report at MMA Weekly. Apparently it takes Diaz ten days to flush the marijuana from his system and he was not given ample time to do so. If he took the drug test and failed, he would most likely not be allowed to fight for at least a year. The thinking apparently was that in the long run it was better for Diaz to not take the test.

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Tim McKenzie to Replace Ricardo Barros on “Carano vs. Cyborg”

According to people within the fighter’s camp, Tim McKenzie will replace Ricardo Barros against Scott Lighty at Strikeforce “Carano vs. Cyborg” on Aug. 15. Although not yet officially announced, PRO MMA ( can report that Barros was forced to withdraw from the fight, and McKenzie was able to step into the fight on short notice. The … Read more

Thomson out with injury – Mitsuhiro Ishida will fight Melendez

SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 30, 2009) – It looks like Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez will get his rematch with Japanese wrestling expert Mitsuhiro Ishida a little sooner than he expected.

STRIKEFORCE announced on Thursday that Ishida will replace the injured Josh “The Punk” Thomson, owner of the STRIKEFORCE lightweight belt who was unable to get medical clearance for an injured leg. Ishida and Melendez will battle for Melendez’ interim lightweight title on the Saturday, Aug. 15, “Carano vs. Cyborg” show at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

SHOWTIME will televise the bouts during a telecast that will begin at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

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Joe Riggs out against Nick Diaz

PRO MMA ( has learned from Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz that Joe “Diesel” Riggs has been scratched from Strikeforce’s August 15 event due to an adverse reaction to an unknown drug.

Riggs was scheduled to face Nick Diaz for the newly created Strikeforce Welterweight Title but will instead be spending the next couple of weeks in the hospital recuperating. A replacement has yet to be announced.

In an already crazy week for MMA, the news of Riggs’ ailment comes just one week after the announcement of Alistair Overeem pulling out of his heavyweight title defense against Fabricio Werdum due to a hand injury.

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Re-injured hand forces Alistair Overeem out of scheduled title defense against Fabricio Werdum on Aug. 15

NEW YORK (July 21, 2009)– STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight Champion Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem has re-injured a hand and will not be able to defend his title against Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on Saturday, August 15.

The other three STRIKEFORCE world championship fights remain intact: Gina Carano will collide with Cris Cyborg in the main event and the first STRIKEFORCE women’s 145-pound championship fight in history.

Nick Diaz and Joe “Diesel” Riggs will revisit their bitter rivalry in the first-ever STRIKEFORCE welterweight (170 pounds) championship matchup and Josh “The Punk” Thomson will risk his lightweight (155 pounds) belt against former champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez.

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Gina Carano & Cris Cyborg press conference photos & quotes

NEW YORK (July 14, 2009) — Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg, who will headline a STRIKEFORCE world championship quadruple-header on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., live on SHOWTIME, participated in a press conference, fan meet and greet session and open workout Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

On Aug. 15, the wildly popular and unbeaten Carano (7-0) and her No. 1 rival, Brazilian powerhouse Cyborg (7-1), will make history in the most anticipated fight in the history of women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) and the first women’s fight to headline a major fight card also featuring men.

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Gewik Mousasi, older brother of Gegard Mousasi, set to compete in M-1 Challenge on Aug. 15

Amsterdam, Holland – For the past three years, Gewik Mousasi, older brother of former DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, has focused on becoming one of Holland’s best MMA trainers. Most recently, Mousasi has served as a coach for Team Benelux in the “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction.”

However, on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Studio 22 in Hilversum, Holland (just outside of Amsterdam), Gewik will take on the unique role of player-coach as he returns to active competition as the heavyweight representative for Benelux when it faces Group C rival USA East. For those unable to attend live, Mousasi’s fight will be televised live during’s live two-day Internet PPV stream (not available in the U.S. or Korea).

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Alistair Overeem to defend Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship against old rival Fabricio Werdum on Aug. 15

Rematch Will Precede Carano vs. Cyborg Main Event Live on SHOWTIME from HP Pavilion, San Jose, Calif.

NEW YORK (July 6, 2009)–STRIKEFORCE World Heavyweight Champion Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem (29-11) will put his coveted title on the line and, at the same time, attempt to avenge a previous defeat when he squares off with old nemesis and two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum (11-4-1) during the live, SHOWTIME® telecast of STRIKEFORCE: “Carano vs. Cyborg” from San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Saturday, August 15.

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Nick Diaz vs. Joe Riggs set for 170 pounds

PRO MMA ( has confirmed the upcoming rematch between Joe “Diesel” Riggs and Nick Diaz taking place on Aug. 15 in San Jose will be contested at 170 lbs. according to sources close to the fight.

Carson’s Corner host, Bob Carson, first broke the news of the rumored fight last week. PRO MMA ( then confirmed on July 4 the fight indeed was taking place. However, only today did we learn at what weight class.

Diaz’s last bout was fought at 179 lbs. against Scott Smith, and Riggs last fought at 170 lbs. against Phil Baroni. Both fighters are coming off impressive victories from the June 6 Strikeforce card in St. Louis.

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Joe Riggs vs. Nick Diaz II confirmed for August 15 in San Jose

PRO MMA ( received word from the Riggs camp late Friday evening that the much speculated bout between Joe “Diesel” Riggs and Nick Diaz has been confirmed for the ‘Strikeforce: Carano vs. Santos” event set to take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose on Aug. 15.

Diaz will certainly be looking for revenge from their first bout. Diaz and Riggs originally clashed at UFC 57 in Feb. 2006. The fight ended up going the distance with Diaz losing a unanimous decision.

Both fighters are coming off impressive victories at the June 6 Strikeforce card in St. Louis. Riggs won a unanimous decision over “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni, and Diaz took out Scott Smith with a 3rd round rear naked choke.

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