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Dana White says anyone surprised by Nick Diaz’s no-show must be “braindead”

It didn’t take long for word to spread about Nick Diaz’s decision to skip a heavily advertised jiu-jitsu match scheduled for Saturday night with the news since resulting in an overflow of opinions on how the controversial competitor handled the matter. Diaz, who was set to take on highly-touted blackbelt Braulio Estima, avoided informing anyone of his plans prior to pulling out and has yet to explain his behavior.

One person whose jaw didn’t drop at the notion of Diaz flaking was UFC President Dana White, citing his own experiences with the former Strikeforce champion in a post on Twitter addressing the situation.

“No, not shocked and I’m surprised u people are! He no showed a Las Vegas press conf to a fight he was gonna make HUGE $ and title,” wrote White in reference to Diaz’s actions leading up to UFC 137 where he was supposed to fight Georges St-Pierre. Diaz missed two press conferences, the latter of which was in Las Vegas, and was replaced in the bout by Carlos Condit.

“People are f***in nuts and braindead to be OUTRAGED and SHOCKED that Nick no showed something,” White added candidly.

Independent of his aspirations on the mat as a submission-grappler it also remains to be seen if Diaz will ever return to the Octagon. He is currently facing a possible suspension due to marijuana use and has stood relatively firm on his surprising retirement a few months back.


  • climbarock says:

    I’m not shocked by this, just a little disappointed to see such a talented guy self-destruct (again). Other people have said it on this website and I agree: Diaz probably has some undiagnosed psychological/social issues. I’m sure someone will argue he’s just keepin’ it real…real f’in dumb.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Notice Dana DIDN’T say he wouldn’t book Diaz in a match if he was eligible and willing?

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i’m gonna support him regardless of how many dumb things he does, doesnt mean it doesnt fuck me off each time it happens though
    wasnt his NSAC court case or hearing today?

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Nick is a loose cannon but, I think UFC has a good understanding of how to deal with him. I too would support and cheer for him no matter what as I feel he has inner demons he struggles with.

    Smaller organizations just don’t know how to deal with someone who does not follow conventional rational thinking.

    I would be surprised if he does not fight again for UFC late this year or first part of next year. UFC will do what they can to make it easy for him so he can just fight with the minimum amount of pre fight appearances.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Just Nick being Nick. Severely lacking in maturity & professionalism.

    But the difference this time around is he blew off an actual competition. In the past he would no-show press conferences and similar obligations that weren’t directly tied to fighting, but when it was time to scrap you knew Nick would be there, and I’m pretty sure he’s boasted about it. Well, at this past weekend’s competition, there was only one homie ready to go.

    So yeah, he’s an idiot. Nick’s act is getting worse by the day. And he continues to be overrated, if we’re basing it on his actual resume & quality of opponents he’s beaten. But I do love watching the dude fight. Which is why he’ll continue to get opportunities from Dana & Company – as always, cash is king.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Yeah, chalk me up as another one if the “not surprised, but still disappointed” crowd.

    It seems like the only thing Nick likes more than fighting is not showing up to things.

  • MCM says:

    Dana should book a rematch between Diaz and Karo. Winner is the one that actually shows up.

  • At least Karo called in…..


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