As Strikeforce’s fall schedule takes shape, several of the promotion’s marquee fighters have grown antsy, and they’re pointing fingers at each other. Jay Hieron, a July addition to the welterweight stable, wants to fight Nick Diaz and says he is tired of waiting in limbo after choosing Strikeforce over the UFC. “I don’t have any control over it,” he told MMAWeekly.com Monday afternoon. “It definitely gets frustrating, man. It’s the story of my career.”
Diaz’s manager/trainer, Cesar Gracie, says his fighter is not to blame. “It has nothing to do with Nick,” Gracie told MMAWeekly.com Monday afternoon. “He doesn’t care who he fights, and that includes Jay Hieron. It’s all Strikeforce.”
Hieron was set to fight Nick Diaz at Carano vs. Cyborg on Aug. 15 for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title, but wound up fighting Jesse Taylor after the California State Athletic Commission removed Diaz for failing to appear at a pre-fight drug test. It was the second time Hieron’s opponent fell through this year.
Hieron, a former IFL welterweight champion, said Diaz is responsible for the holdup.
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