Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz will finally get the break from activity he’s clamored for after three title-defenses in the last six months though not necessarily for the reason he might have wanted. Rather than receiving a willful vacation from his bosses, Diaz was listed by the California State Athletic Commission among a group of nine suspended athletes who will be sidelined for the immediate future based on damage incurred at this past Saturday night’s “Strikeforce – Diaz vs. Daley” event.
According to the CSAC, the Gracie Fighter will be out of action for sixty days including no contact for the duration of the period given the number of lacerations he suffered near his left eye. Diaz obtained the damage en route to an exciting first round TKO of British brawler Paul Daley who himself received a 45 day suspension, including 30 days without contact, given the nature of the defeat.
Main card fighter Keith Jardine also received a two month sentence from the commission based on cuts to his face as the result of a hard fought draw against former Strikeforce 205-pound champ Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi was not listed in the CSAC report.
Read below for a full breakdown of “Strikeforce – Diaz vs. Daley” medical suspensions:
Paul Song – Suspended indefinitely (Right Elbow Pain)
A.J. Matthews – Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days (Precautionary Reasons)
Saad Award – Suspended 180 days with no contact for 180 days (Broken Right Hand)
Brett Albee – Suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days (Facial Lacerations / Precautionary Reasons)
Hiroyuki Takaya – Suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days (Right Cheek Laceration)
Keith Jardine – Suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days (Facial Lacerations)
Tatsuya Kawajiri – Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days (Precautionary Reasons)
Paul Daley – Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days (Precautionary Reasons)
Nick Diaz – Suspended 60 days with no contact for 60 days (Left Eye Laceration)
PHOTO CREDIT – ESTHER LIN/STRIKEFORCE