UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is at risk of seeing his shot at champion Georges St-Pierre go out the window after failing to meet a handful of media obligations. And no, this piece is not an accidental re-posting of a similar situation where Diaz was dropped from a bout with GSP for skipping out on a pair of press conferences.
According to UFC President Dana White, the company is getting fed up with the difficulty in locating Diaz for promotional responsibilities and ready to remove him from his headlining match-up with St-Pierre on March 16 at UFC 158.
“I’m really close, and I don’t want to be. I don’t want to do (that),” said White to a group of media after the post-event presser for UFC 157. “It sucks.”
White went on to reiterate the company spent $50,000 on a series of interviews to help hype Diaz’s duel with St-Pierre but the fighter was nowhere to be found, explaining, “It’s not funny. We’re very cool and very lenient in a lot of ways….but that’s just absolute bullsh*t.”
White did not go so far as to say what the tipping point would be for the UFC to decide Diaz wasn’t worth the trouble. With the lineup less than three weeks away time is clearly of the essence, making it unlikely Diaz will be scratched so late in the game, though top contender Johny Hendricks is also scheduled for action on the same lineup. However, with Diaz’s behavior, his future in the organization certainly seems to be in jeopardy barring a victory over St-Pierre in Montreal.
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