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EliteXC pulls Diaz from DREAM title bout

EliteXC lightweight Nick Diaz will not fight Hayato Sakurai for the first-ever DREAM welterweight title at the July 21 DREAM 5 event.

EliteXC is keeping the Stockton native's schedule open for the second CBS-EliteXC "Saturday Night Fights" card on July 26. Diaz positioned himself for a rematch against KJ Noons for the EliteXC lightweight title when he defeated Muhsin Corbbrey at the June 14 EliteXC event in Hawaii.

"I was happy to be fighting Sakurai and hoping to get back there to Japan where they have you fight in a ring and there seems to be more respect for the art of MMA," Diaz told "I hope they will still have me back soon to fight [Sakurai] for the belt."

Diaz, who defeated Katsuya Inoue at DREAM 4 in May to earn the title shot, may still face Sakurai at a later date.

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