"I was shocked! Diaz brothers doing something crazy? Shocked! I don't know. I heard about it yesterday, someone told me about it. I haven't talked to Joe, or Nate or anybody so I don't know. I don't even know if it's true. I don't even know if Nate did this -- did he talk to Joe Silva? If he really Tweeted that he's going to his high school reunion, and didn't call Joe and those guys … [shrugs]. I don't take Twitter for news, it's not an official statement."
-- Former No. 1-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight championship challenger, Nate Diaz, furrowed a few brows when he took to Twitter.com yesterday to announce that he would be unable to fight Gray Maynard at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 Finale on Nov. 30, 2013, because the date conflicted with his 10-year high school reunion (full details here). Today (via FightHub.tv), UFC President Dana White addressed the bizarre statement after the UFC 168 "World Tour" in Las Vegas, Nevada (full video replay here), telling mixed martial arts (MMA) reporters in attendance that he isn't really sure how to feel about it because it's so far out it doesn't even sound real. Further, White isn't even certain if Diaz is responsible for the message -- it's common for others to manage social media accounts on behalf of fighters, celebrities, athletes, etc. Nevertheless, the Tweet is still stuck to the top of Diaz's timeline, indicating that if it were indeed a "mistake" or a "hack" it probably would have been deleted by now. Diaz did tag @UFC in his Tweet, perhaps his unique method of alerting the organization about his dilemma rather than picking up the phone to contact UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva. Until that official conversation, it appears that Diaz, White, Maynard and fight fans will have to operate under the tenuous assumption that the rematch is still on for Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, pending concrete confirmation from the "209." Don't hold your breath.