The former Strikeforce welterweight champion, who was abruptly pulled from the main event pay-per-view, has been re-inserted into the UFC 137 line up to take on B.J. Penn at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Oct. 29, 2011.
And as Diaz tells MMA Junkie's John Morgan, St. Pierre did nothing to stop it:
"It makes me mad that Georges is going to sit there and call himself a fighter, but he's not going to stand up and say something about this. He's going to let it ride. I think I would say something. I would at least have said, 'I disagree. I don't agree with canceling my fight because of some dumbass [expletive].' Instead, he sat there and said, 'He doesn't have the commitment to be a champion.' What is that? I obviously have the commitment to throw my life away. I've thrown my life away and sacrificed everything so that I can fight. I did that. I threw my life away so I could work hard and train and fight. That's commitment. I wasn't going to say anything in the buildup to fighting Georges. I was going to be really respectful. Georges is a great fighter. But he's a little bitch when it comes to fighting me right now. Why is he just going along with everything? To say I don't have the commitment? I don't understand. He's the one that doesn't have the commitment. I wasn't going to say anything in the buildup to fighting Georges. I was going to be really respectful. Georges is a great fighter. But he's a little bitch when it comes to fighting me right now. Why is he just going along with everything? To say I don't have the commitment? I don't understand. He's the one that doesn't have the commitment."
Diaz disappeared early last week, missing several mandatory press events to promote his now-defunct clash with the Canadian. His absence, as well as inability to communicate his whereabouts -- even to his right-hand man and trusted trainer, Cesar Gracie -- compelled White to switch gears.
Diaz, just 24 hours removed from his public spanking, was "punished" with a co main event slot against "The Prodigy." It is certainly a far cry from being released, which was certainly an option that White had to consider based on Diaz's bizarre behavior.
Either way, he's still mad.
In addition to the re-worked main event between St. Pierre and Condit, UFC 137 features the Penn-Diaz co-featured fight of the night while two heavyweight clashes -- Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Filipovic and Cheick Kongo vs. Matt Mitrione -- are also scheduled for the main card pay-per-view (PPV).
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