"It was off, then on, then off again ... now it's back on," said Diaz's trainer, Cesar Gracie (Pictures). "I won't really believe it until he is on the plane tomorrow morning heading to Japan."
Diaz will spend his last few hours in the United States cutting weight before heading to Japan to face former King of Pancrase Katsuya Inoue (Pictures) in Dream.
"Tonight we will be pulling an all-nighter cutting weight," Gracie said late Wednesday. "Nick was under the impression he wasn't fighting. So now we have to get the weight back down before he leaves."
I'm with Cesar on this one. I'll believe it when I see it at this point.
It's never a good thing to have a fighter so unsure if he will be fighting or not, needing to pull an "all-nighter" to cut weight, and then flying in last minute with little chance to adjust to the jet-lag/time difference. I've seen too many boxers and MMA fighters get wrecked by not being able to properly adjust to one, let alone three, of those factors.
It'll be interesting to see where the odds are put on the fight. If Inoue has a + before his line, I'll be making that play.
You've got to hand it to Diaz though, it's never dull with the guy.