Never let it be said that Nick Diaz doesn't keep things interesting.
Quite a few fans of mixed martial arts (MMA) were exposed to the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo this past Sat., May 12, 2012, thanks to the inclusion of Diaz, who was scheduled to square off in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu superfight against Braulio Estima at the event.
Except he flaked, to the surprise of no one.
Well, that's not entirely true. Some were surprised that a man who lost a welterweight title fight against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre -- and millions of dollars in the process -- for no-showing a pair of press conferences would pull his disappearing act one more time.
Because he's an adult and adults are supposed to learn from their mistakes.
But perhaps there's more to the story. In fact, Diaz's biggest supporter in the media, Middle Easy, has spent the better part of the past two days going to bat for him and proclaiming the promoters of the event were shady. There was also a weigh-in snafu with Estima, who apparently missed weight the day before but was able to make weight the day of the contest.
And somewhere in between someone was trying to switch up the rules. Or something like that. That's what he said or she said or they said or someone said and somehow speculation became fact and vice versa and the entire ordeal is one big mess.
After the jump, let's sort it out with links to all the stories coming out of Diaz's latest escapades.
First, the event itself went down and paying customers were treated to an entire card's worth of jiu-jitsu action. Sure, Diaz and Estima didn't do their thing in the main event but there were five other matches worth checking out and MMAmania.com had complete coverage of all of them.
Unfortunately, after fans plunked down their hard earned money to watch Diaz compete athletically (seeing as he's unable to do so in MMA thanks to a failed drug test), he no-showed the event for reasons that weren't immediately clear.
Estima, who was left sitting on the mat waiting for Diaz while fans in attendance looked on in confusion, told his side of the story to the media and proclaimed he was just as baffled as everyone else.
Instead of focusing solely on Diaz and his decision to split at the worst possible moment, how about checking out some highlights from Kyra Gracie's match against Alexis Davis? Also, hear more from her on a potential move to MMA, which could be coming soon.
One of the big losers so far in all this has been the fact that Diaz had promised to give his entire purse to charity. A tweet from LayzieTheSavage, a friend of Diaz's who also works for Middle Easy, has said that Diaz will be paying the promised donation out of pocket.
Of course, that's not official and should be treated as such.
Ultimately, this debacle has served as yet another lesson that the only thing that's certain when it comes to Nick Diaz is that nothing's for certain.
Until next time, Maniacs.