In the aftermath of yesterday’s bombshell that Nick Diaz was pulled from his UFC 137 main event fight against Georges St. Pierre, it still isn’t clear what kind of future Diaz has in the UFC. But one thing’s clear — he’s violated Dana White’s trust, and that’s generally not a good career move.
Check out the above video interview from MMA30, in which Dave Farra gets DW’s immediate reactions to Diaz’s press conference no-show. Ultimately, White felt that he couldn’t promote a fighter who was so undependable: “This kid’s not gonna show up in Vegas, didn’t show up in Toronto — what else isn’t he going to show up for? Is he not gonna show up for the fight? I’m not gonna risk that.”
At this point, Diaz would stuff his middle fingers in your face and claim that he has “never not showed up to a fight.” But that’s not entirely true. As MMAFighting reminds us, Diaz went M.I.A. for his pre-fight drug testing when he was scheduled to face Jay Hieron in a Strikeforce title bout back in August 2009, leading to that fight’s removal from “Carano vs. Cyborg“.
As for an apology from Nick, Dana isn’t holding his breath…
“I don’t think Nick Diaz is gonna try and get a hold of me. If Nick Diaz wanted to get a hold of me, he should have got a hold of me in the last couple of days. I think everybody knows Nick Diaz, I don’t see Nick Diaz calling me up and saying, ‘Hey listen, I’m sorry, gimme the fight back.’ That’s just not Nick Diaz…I would never accept his word again. Never.”
Well there it is — you can “asshole” your way out of success, which is true in any profession. It’s hard to muster much sympathy for Diaz, when there are so many hungry fighters who would bend over backwards for similar opportunities. By the way, Carlos Condit literally cried when he was offered the GSP fight. That’s a dude who appreciates shit.