If you think Nick Diaz does what he does only for attention and not just because its part of his innate Stockton charm, then consider a new interview on The Jim Rome Showfrom UFC President Dana White where he detailed what Diaz did out from under the bright lights and cameras. Remember UFC 137, where Diaz called out Georges St. Pierreafter pissing away his title shot against the champion and being forced to beat up his hero BJ Penn?
Turns out that Diaz’s best harassment of St. Pierre came outside of the Octagon.
“Nobody has talked about this, I haven’t said anything about it, but at one of the fights, the one where he really starts calling Georges out, he was chasing Georges around the hotel and like yelling at him,” White told Jim Rome.
“Georges thought he was going to try to fight him in the hotel. He was just waiting for the elevator doors to open and see Nick Diaz…he was really messing with Georges bad at the fight, like trying to fight him at the hotel. That really pissed Georges off.”
For all the wonderful, riotous moments he’s given us in the ring, Diaz’s most violent moments often seem to come outside of it and soon become the things of legend thereafter. What long-time fan of the sport can ever forget the accounts of Diaz starting a brawl with Joe Riggs in the hospital they were taken to after fighting one another at UFC 57?
White also continued to push the “dark side of GSP” narrative with this story, saying that “When [St. Pierre] was younger he used to get bullied. That’s what got him into martial arts. He just has this crazy thing about bullies and he thinks Nick Diaz is a bully.”
White went on to say that, when he spoke with the champion last week, GSP told him, “‘Dana, you have no idea what I’m going to do to this kid, I wanna make him retire.’”
We rarely recommend that anyone listen to Jim Rome, but to check out all of White’s fascinating interview with him, click here.
…And oh yeah, there were indeed scheduled open workouts in advance of UFC 158 today. Georges St. Pierre showed up for his, Nick Diaz did not.
St. Pierre was not impressed. Neither was White.
Johny Hendricks, however, was ecstatic, we assume. $200 says Hendricks is going to try and lure Nick into a room full of primo bud and lock him in there tomorrow so that Diaz misses the press conference and Johny gets to replace him against St. Pierre.