Trouble in paradise? UFC President Dana White says welterweight No. 1 contender Nick Diaz is costing him some serious cash as the UFC has been paying for a camera crew to live in Stockton while they wait to interview Diaz, who has already missed three appointments to film the "UFC Primetime" special event for his upcoming fight against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158. Diaz's camp, on the other hand, says White is not telling the truth.
It appears as if we have a classic case of "he said, he said."
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White said in a media scrum following the UFC on FUEL TV 7 post-fight press conference that Diaz has missed three separate interviews required of him to film the "UFC Countdown" show special to his upcoming title fight with Georges St. Pierre at March's UFC 158: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" event in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
However, Jonathan Tweedale, a lawyer who represents the Diaz camp, says White's comments are inaccurate.
White claims his difficulty getting Diaz to show up for his media obligations has made filming the countdown special much more expensive than it should be as there is a camera crew posted up in Diaz's home town of Stockton, Calif., waiting for the Strikeforce welterweight champion is ready to fulfill his media duties.
Here's what White had to say:
"Nick Diaz would be an interesting Countdown show too if we can get him to show up for those. How about if he had a professionally, shot by professionals, the best in the business, the best at cutting and producing features on athletes. Imagine how fu*king good that would be. But first we gotta get him to show up for the fu*king interviews, then we could do it. How many did he miss? Four? Three? Three. He missed three interviews. "He showed up for the press conference. I knew something was going to go bad somewhere, you know what I mean? It's just, that's Nick. We've had a crew in Stockton, for two weeks. When he doesn't do an interview, you know how much it costs us? A sh*tload of money. We've got a fu*king crew, rolling around Stockton, not doing a fu*king thing. It costs us a lot of money, and we can't properly sell the fight or Nick Diaz."
While such actions from a fighter would typical raise some serious red flags, White was nonchalant when asked if he was worried about it.
The UFC's head honcho has repeatedly said dealing with Diaz is no walk in the park, but as long as the 29-year-old shows up to fight Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight championship on March 16, 2013, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, he will be satisfied.
It seemed White's comments were the end of it, but clearly Diaz and his camp were unhappy with the way they were being portrayed in the media by White and chose to release a statement on the matter through legal representations.
Here's what Diaz's legal counsel wrote to MMAmania:
"Dana is mistaken. There is no "crew rolling around Stockton" and Nick did not "miss" three interviews.
"In fact, several earlier dates were arranged without Nick's knowledge and with no notice to Nick. When Nick learned what had happened, I assisted him in arranging a date and time directly (Thursday, February 14). Nick arrived early and was in good spirits at that February 14 date -- the one and only date he knew about in advance. Nick requires things to be done in an organized and orderly manner. That is the kind of professional he is."
Who is right and who is wrong? It hard to tell, but Tweedale's response to White only thickens the plot of this story.