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Surprise, surprise. Nick Diaz has missed yet another media obligation in advance of his UFC 158 welterweight title fight against champion Georges St. Pierre. Get all the details, including UFC President Dana White's angry response below.
Are you really that surprised?
The Wednesday before an event is always home to the open media workouts for the prominent main card fighters. It's an opportunity for the athletes to reveal anything they've been working on in training, perhaps give a glimpse of their conditioning and of course, do some pre-fight media scrums with the press.
Diaz was expected to participate today, as has every headlining fighter in UFC history, but the Stockton slugger failed to show up, according to several media present at the workouts.
Diaz was supposed to be here 45 mins ago. They are looking to track him down. Still no sign of him at the workouts.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 13, 2013
Well, Diaz officially is a no-show at open workouts. GSP up next.— Matt Erickson (@MMAjunkieMatt) March 13, 2013
MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reached out to Diaz's handler and trainer Cesar Gracie for an explanation:
. @cesargraciebjj just told me Nick is not coming to the workouts. "7 hour plane ride while cutting weight is tough. Decided to rest up."— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 13, 2013
According to Gracie, UFC President Dana White had given them permission to skip the workout:
. @cesargraciebjj tells me now: "Dana previously OK'ed Nick not being at the workout."— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 13, 2013
But here's the big swerve. White was a guest on the Jim Rome show today and he made it seem like it was a surprise to him that Diaz didn't show up for the open workouts.
"I literally just found out Nick Diaz did not show up for the open workouts today in Montreal....Let me tell you what, there is no shtick with this kid, I mean it's - he's just a different animal man, he's absolutely hard to deal with."
A fired up White also made a bit of a vague statement about what will happen if Diaz fails to show up to tomorrow's UFC 158 pre-fight press conference.
"If he wins, you know, we are seriously going to have to have a ‘come to Jesus meeting,' you know what I mean? The guy is very, very hard to deal with, we'll see what happens. I got to tell you this, though, I leave tonight for Montreal. The press conference is tomorrow, I'm excited for the press conference and I'm definitely excited for the weigh-ins 'cause, you never know what you're going to get. Well, let me tell you what, if he does not show up tomorrow for the press conference, it is not going to be good. I don't know what I'll say or what I'm going to do, but I'll tell you what -- it will not be good."
If you remember, Diaz was pulled from his first title shot against GSP after failing to show up to a pair of pre-fight press conferences for UFC 137. Hell, White said as recently as three weeks ago that he was close to pulling Diaz from this upcoming UFC 158 event.
So what happens if Diaz does go on to win the title? Would he continue to get away with his same old schtick? If White has his way, there would be an ultimatum.
"If he wins the title he's going to have to come to Vegas and we're going to have to sit down and we did this already when we signed his new deal, but I'm going to have to tell him, ‘If you miss anything, I will strip you of this title,' and you know what I mean? I don't know what else to do. I really don't know what else to do."
Sounds pretty serious, right?