– STRIKEFORCE: CSAC OKAYS TAYLOR TO REPLACE DIAZ

by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
The California State Athletic Commission has approved Team Quest standout and “Ultimate Fighter” season 8 cast member Jesse Taylor to face Jay Hieron on Aug. 15 at Strikeforce “Carano vs Cyborg.”

CSAC Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas informed MMWeekly.com of the development Monday afternoon.

The news comes just days after Hieron’s original opponent, Nick Diaz, failed to show up for a pre-fight drug test mandated by CSAC.

On Monday, Strikeforce officials and CSAC seemed to disagree on whether Diaz would get a second chance to take the test in Los Angeles. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he would speak to Douglas today to try and resolve the situation.

Diaz’s manager, Cesar Gracie, said Diaz vs. Hieron was “highly unlikely” to happen.

Strikeforce officials were unavailable for comment at the time of publication, but MMAWeekly.com sources indicated that the situation was still in motion and that a fight between Hieron and Taylor had not yet been finalized.

Check back with MMAWeekly for full details as the story develops.