For the second time in less than a week, Nick Diaz failed to show for a mandatory pre-fight drug test, with his Monday no-show causing him to be removed from his Saturday Strikeforce middleweight championship matchup against Jay Hieron.
Fanhouse learned of the news on Monday afternoon from Ken Pavia, Hieron’s manager.
As reported earlier Monday, Diaz will be replaced on the August 15 “Carano vs. Cyborg” card in San Jose by one-time UFC fighter Jesse Taylor, who is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak.
Taylor and Hieron will meet in a three-round, non-title fight on the Showtime-televised card.
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