Jesse Taylor Replaces Nick Diaz on Strikeforce Fight Card

Jesse Taylor, the controversial cast member from the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, will step in to fight Jay Hieron on five days notice after, according to Hieron's manager, Ken Pavia, Nick Diaz failed to show up for the second time to his pre-fight drug test administered by the California State Athletic Commission. Pavia informed FanHouse of the news on Monday. He also stated that the fight has been changed to a three-round non-title fight.

The event, headlined by Gina Carano vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos for the inaugural Strikeforce 145-pound title, will air live this Saturday on Showtime.

Taylor has won his last seven fights in a row, most recently against Dong Sik Yoon in his DREAM debut last month.

Diaz missed a scheduled drug test on Friday, as well. As a result, the CSAC refused to grant him a license to fight Hieron.

In April, he told the Los Angeles Times, that he was "a cannabis user" and has "an easy way" to deal with state athletic commission tests.

"I can pass a drug test in eight days with herbal cleansers," he said. "I drink 10 pounds of water and sweat out 10 pounds of water every day. I'll be fine."

Diaz tested positive for marijuana after his February 2007 victory over Takanori Gomi at Pride 33. As a result, the victory was later changed to a no decision by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

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