Nick Diaz Off Saturday's EXC Card, Controversy w/ CSAC

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The following is an excerpt from an article on Sherdog.com:

EliteXC, CSAC at Odds Over Diaz Removal

March 27, 2008
by Josh Gross ([email protected])

Nick Diaz will not fight Saturday night in San Jose, Calif., nor will he collect the $50,000 purse he was set to receive for his bout against South Korea's Jae Suk Lim.

California State Athletic Commission executive officer Armando Garcia made that determination Wednesday.

Why? It depends on whom you ask.

“He did not turn in his medical information in time for the fight,” said Garcia, confirming an MMAWeekly report that Diaz was removed from the Showtime-televised card. “They were just turned in today.”

Late Wednesday evening, however, EliteXC President Gary Shaw, who promotes Diaz, disputed Garcia's account.

“He never mentioned anything about late medicals,” said Shaw. “And if there were late medicals it wasn't because of Nick Diaz and it wasn't because of EliteXC.”

The issue, as described to him by Garcia, said Shaw, was Diaz's prescription for medical marijuana, which is legal in California based on the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.

“He's got a medical marijuana card,” confirmed Diaz's manager Cesar Gracie, who mentioned Attention Deficit Disorder as the cause for the prescription.

To read the complete article, click here.

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