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Nick Diaz nowhere to be found for UFC 158 interviews

UFC 158 PosterWelterweight Nick Diaz’s presence at a January press conference promoting his UFC 158 match-up with champion Georges St-Pierre seemed to be a good sign in terms of the controversial Californian fulfilling media duties this time around instead of skipping out on them as he did in 2011, resulting in his removal from the bout. Unfortunately, it appears Diaz may not have learned his lesson after all, as the fighter’s willingness to help sell the March 16 scrap has seemingly gone up in smoke.

UFC President Dana White was asked about the prospect of a UFC Primetime special documenting the lives of St-Pierre/Diaz leading up to their tilt and said, as good as it would likely be, the UFC’s production staff has had a hard time locating Diaz to film any material.

“First we gotta get him to show up for the f*cking interviews and then we can do it. How many has he missed, four? Three. He’s missed three,” explained White to a group of reporters after the UFC on Fuel 7 press conference. “We’ve got a f*cking crew rolling around Stockton not doing a f*cking thing. It costs us a lot of money and we can’t properly sell the fight or Nick Diaz.”

Fighters Only Magazine was on the scene and recorded the conversation.

Though clearly perturbed, White didn’t go so far as to state Diaz was at risk of losing his title-shot (again) but rather appeared accepting of the problems attached to such a unique talent.

“I knew something was gonna go bad somewhere. That’s Nick,” chuckled White after giving the former Strikeforce stand-out credit for showing up to the initial presser last month.


  • THEGUNNER says:

    He ll be ready to fight when the time comes.

  • MCM says:

    I think Hendricks just got a chubby.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Why would Nick bother showing up at this point? He’s already tested the boundaries by blowing off the media obligations in the past, and was ultimately rewarded with a gift title shot (off a loss and drug suspension). So at this point he knows Dana is all bark and no bite, because Nick is going to sell more than Hendricks or any other WW. Nick has all the leverage, and Dana can only huff and puff. Hope it’s a good fight.

  • Midget says:

    “as the fighter’s willingness to help sell the March 16 scrap has seemingly gone up in smoke.”
    Being Nick Diaz, he may have taken the up in smoke part literally!

  • Niv says:

    Diaz better hope he fights the fight of a lifetime, because if it’s anything short of a crazy hard fight or win he may be done in the UFC.

    I personally feel this guys mental issues are going to cost him his biggest paydays. I really love to watch Diaz fight but he really needs serious guidance from his camp.

    On one hand I don’t care if he’s interviewed, the one he did was painful. On the other hand it’s an unfortunate requirement by his employer and he keeps blowing them off.

    I’m sure the UFC is getting tired of the Quinton Jackson types and Diaz is doing himself no favours.

  • darth_irritable says:

    Diaz’ camp came out and said that the crew never actually gave Diaz himself the times they wanted to shoot. Once they were finally able to connect, they were supposedly able to schedule. That said, after this, Diaz is going to have two losses in a row, as well as a failed drug test.

    The only difference is, he brings eyeballs, and fights hard,so this should be an interesting few months…


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