Phil Baroni has been nixed by Showtime brass as a possible opponent for Nick Diaz. Attempts to sign Takanori Gomi for the bout went unfulfilled and Jay Hieron has become the front runner to fill the spot.
Despite persistent reports, Gilbert Melendez is still slated to fight Josh Thomson. Melendez is ready and looks forward to redeeming himself from their last encounter.
Tito Ortiz's apparent return to the UFC will nix plans for a future Diaz vs. Ortiz fight. Diaz had sought out the fight and was prepared to fight Ortiz after Ortiz took on a tune up fight in the organization.