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Beware the ides of March

Man, what a shitty month it’s been for fighters pulling out of fights, and it ain’t getting better any time soon. A title fight between Jake Shields and Drew Ficket was axed earlier this week because Jake Shields hurt his back. I’ve lost count of how many times Gilbert Melendez’ opponent has been switched. Add Cyborg Santos getting scratched from the card due to visa issues and that’s a lot of star power suddenly gone.

Well, things just got worse as Nick Diaz has pulled out of the event as well for super secret ‘undisclosed’ reasons. You know shit’s in bad shape when so many fighters pull out that you can match their opponents against eachother, and that’s exactly what EliteXC has done, putting Drew Fickett against Jae Suk Lim.

At this point all we can do is ward ourselves against the evil eye and hope this mysterious rash of injuries and misfortune ends with the month of March.

  • Ross

    Have you not seen yet that Mike Kyle is making his return on this show?

  • Mapultoid

    I am really disappointed. I love Diaz and I want to see him getting his shit back together and slappin’ people with gogos.

  • Mobb Deep

    Are you fucking kidding me, medical marijuana is the reason why hes not fighting. Diaz buddy, stop letting weed ruin your life.

  • Atom

    Marijuana is not legal in california. MEDICAL marijuana is not legal in california. Regardless of how the state or its voters feel about it, they are part of the United States, in which it is ILLEGAL EVERYWHERE. This fact is overlooked by many. Its mainly because of this court case: ,even places where the state has legalized it for medicinal purposes, IT IS STILL ILLEGAL! Here’s what Shaw said in the sherdog article:
    “It’s completely legal in California. Voters voted it in. The commission is actually supposed to obey that, so this will probably open up a legal case. If it was something small, OK, f—- it, whatever. But if they’re not even going to allow him to test clean, that doesn’t make sense. That’s overstepping their boundaries.”

    Regardless of what Shaw, or Diaz thinks about the law… they should have been smart enough to know the FACTS- (also from the sherdog article)
    “Earlier this month, the California commission fined and suspended Toby Grear (Pictures), who cited the use of Marinol based on a medical marijuana prescription.”

    Thats right.. the exact same situation has already happened before. Fighter with prescription for something w/ THC in it is STILL found to be in violation of the CSAC’s policies. Why would Shaw or Diaz think things would be any different for them?

  • Steve4192

    “Thats right.. the exact same situation has already happened before.”

    Not exactly.

    Grear pissed hot. Diaz was yanked from the card and not even given the opportunity to take a whiz quiz. Apparently, Nick has abstained from the Mary Jane as was prepared to pass the drug screening.

    Nick needs to go find himself an independent lab, piss in a cup, and then hire a lawyer and get his lawsuit on. They are barring him from competing without even giving him a chance to pass a drug screening.

  • beewheezy

    i was going to go to fight
    but then i got high
    i coulda dropped him with my right
    but then i got high
    now i’m in the ifl, and i know why
    cause i got high
    cause i got high
    cause i got high

  • Atom

    Steve- what if it were a fighter that had used a more notorious banned substance, admitted to using them, and then said that he had cycled off of them in time to piss clean?

    Its should be an insignificant technicality that he wasn’t given the chance to apply, but I guess he does have some legal legs to stand on.

    Lawyer: Nick, did you ingest or smoke cannabis in the months leading up to your scheduled fight?

    Nick: Fuck yeah. Fuck you, and everyone else in the courtroom. *proceeds to flick off lawyer and judge*

    Lawyer: I rest my case.

    “People say that marijuana is going to hurt my career. I say to them that on the contrary, my fight career is getting in the way of my marijuana smoking.”

    Can’t is just be both, Nick?

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    If Nick Diaz has a prescription, why is it illegal with the CSAC in the first place? Marijuana is not a performance enhancing drug. It’s a “drug of abuse” but so is alcohol and tobacco. But you won’t see any athletic commission bar a fighter from fighting for having some alcohol and tobacco in his system. Pure hypocrisy.

  • Atom

    DanaFester- I agree that THC should not be tested for or matter in any way for mma, but I already answered that question in comment # 4. The obvious answer about weed vs. alcohol/tobacco is the legality of it.

  • Xavier

    Nick Diaz is dumb as all heavy pot users like him are dumb.

    Glad to see it’s fucking with his payday. Brains are for using, not for smoking out. Hopefully Diaz one day uses his brain as ol’ dummy could be great if he were sober and smart.

  • Lifer

    fuck you Xavier.

  • Lifer

    Sorry that was the weed addiction talking. Anyways, if you’ve ever in your life consumed enough alcohol to get BUZZED youre a complete hypocrit for hating on a weed smoker.

  • beewheezy

    yeah fucg u zavier i smeke mre thn anyne an im not sutpid

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    The law is very hypocritical. How many people die of tobacco and alcohol consumption a year compared to cannabis? Even in countries where cannabis is legal (ie. Holland), alcohol and tobacco are bigger killers.

  • Xavier

    “Anyways, if you’ve ever in your life consumed enough alcohol to get BUZZED youre a complete hypocrit for hating on a weed smoker.”

    I always love how weedies always try to say “Yeah but you drink beer” as an automatic comeback, I guess assuming that a person smart enough to criticize smoking pot is dumb enough to drink alcohol. Silly weedie, stop being stereotypical.

  • MadMan

    stereotypical!–you seem to be the one painting all
    weed smokers with the same brush of idiocy.

    moderation is always a good idea–in judgement & drugs ;)