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Cesar Gracie: Nick Diaz bailed on UFC 183 flight to avoid 'Embedded' cameras

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Sure he's missed a few press conferences here and there, but through all the bad rap he gets, when it comes to granting interviews and answering questions, Nick Diaz, for the most part, has no problem giving the media a few sound bytes.

Just don't try to catch him off guard ahead of one of the biggest fights of his career.

That's what ultimately forced the Stockton, Calif., slugger to miss his original flight to Las Vegas, Nevada, last week ahead of the UFC 183 open workouts, a fan-inspired event he ultimately missed.

According to his head coach, Cesar Gracie, who appeared on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting), Diaz wasn't in the mood to answer surprise questions. So, when he got to the airport and saw the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) "Embedded" crew on hand to film his every move, Diaz did his best Houdini act.

"He didn't know about the camera crew there. They totally caught him off guard. He wasn't ready for it. He was uncomfortable and he wouldn't be able to rest. So he said, 'Hey, I'm catching a different plane' and then he left. Nick wasn't prepared for that. He was just trying to get into fight mode and rest and everything. He didn't want to answer a bunch of questions. He didn't want the spectacle of it at that point. He was trying to mentally get himself geared in."

Diaz eventually made it to "Sin City" later that day after he ran back home to pick up a few essentials, which is the reason he gave for bailing on the flight.

In the end, Diaz apologized for being "inconsiderate" and fulfilled the rest of his duties by showing up to media day, coming in on weight, showing up on fight night and going through 25 minutes of action against the former Middleweight champion Anderson Silva (video highlights).

Even though he lost a decision to one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Diaz, yet again, managed to steal the spotlight on Super Bowl weekend by doing things his own way.

And you're still not going to hate him ... no matter how hard you try.

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