Since Nick Diaz still has licensing issues in California, the DREAM-Strikeforce Alliance are planning to have him fight in Japan on an October DREAM card. Nothing has been finalized yet, but according to Sherdog, his opponent could be Japanese welterweight star, Hayato 'Mach' Sakurai:
Cesar Gracie, Diaz’s longtime trainer and manager, met with DREAM Event Producer Keiichi Sasahara at Strikeforce this past weekend in San Jose, Calif., to discuss the possibility of Diaz competing either Oct. 6 or 22. Gracie said Sasahara expressed an interest in the outspoken 28-year-old facing Japanese legend Hayato Sakurai, but that talks were in the preliminary stages.
Scott Coker said that he is open to having Nick Diaz fight for DREAM, and expects him to be back at Strikeforce and competing for their welterweight title around November or December.
Nick Diaz has also competed for DREAM in May 2008, beating Katsuya Inoue in the first round.
Hayato 'Mach' Sakurai (35-9-2), last fought at DREAM's Welterweight Grand Prix, losing to the eventual champion, Marius Zaromskis, via first round head kick KO.