Nick Diaz has been removed by EliteXC from his scheduled bout against Hayato â€œMachâ€ Sakurai at DREAM 5 due to “contractual obligations” according to GracieFighter.com.
Diaz was to fight Sakurai for the promotion’s welterweight title at the event, which takes place on July 21st in Osaka, Japan.
â€œI was happy to be fighting Sakurai and hoping to get back there to Japan where they have you fight in a ring and there seems to be more respect for the art of MMA. I hope they will still have me back soon to fight him (Sakurai) for the belt,” Diaz told GracieFighter.com.
According to MMAJunkie.com, EliteXC officials want Diaz to fight on July 26th on it’s second “Saturday Night Fights” card on CBS and are considering hosting the event in Diaz’s hometown of Stockton, California.
He is expected to rematch KJ Noons for the EliteXC lightweight title in the main event bout.
In the co-main event EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler will take on Scott Smite in a rematch for the title. Jake Shields, Antonio Silva, Shayna Baszler, and Wilson Reis are also expected to fight at the event.