The only thing we’ve heard from Nick Diaz since last week’s press conference fiasco was the video he posted on YouTube that really didn’t tell us anything at all about why Nick never showed for his media appearances. Well fortunately one media outlet, MMA Junkie, has finally caught up with Nick to get his side of the story. Nick actually had quite a bit to say about the situation, his former opponent GSP and his new opponent BJ Penn, but let’s start off with why he no-showed last week.
“I’m not trying to make all these little excuses,” Diaz today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “If I’d have known the fight was going to be off, I would have [expletive] gone to the press conference, or I would have told somebody, ‘Hey, if I don’t make it to this stupid [expletive], I’m not fighting.’ I think that people would have gotten me there. I think people would have come and gave two [expletive] and gotten me to that press conference.”
“I didn’t even know there was a press conference,” Diaz said. “I thought it was some PR thing. People were trying to tell me, ‘You’re going to do this skit’ and that I was going to be a part of some PR skit where I had this part where I was walking through a hall, kind of like that scene Jake Shields did. I was like, ‘What the [expletive]? Are you kidding?’ So I’m thinking, ‘Somebody better come over here and tell me what I’m doing and get me ready to go do it so I don’t look like an [expletive].’ That’s how I feel when you’re coming to get me ready for something I’m not ready for.
“I didn’t know there was a press conference,” Diaz said. “I thought I was going to do some sort of PR video shoot. I didn’t know exactly what I was doing, and they say I wasn’t able to deal with it all. I guess I wasn’t. I was too busy training to whip George St-Pierre’s ass, which I thought was more important.”
So Nick didn’t know there was a press conference. To be fair, Nick’s manager Cesar Gracie told MiddleEasy that they were only given 1-2 days notice about the press tour, but claims that he told Nick about the Vegas press the night before and even offered to drive him to Vegas. So either one of them was lying or there was some sort of miscommunication there. I’m not trying to take sides here, but maybe Gracie told him something along the lines of, “hey, you got to be at this PR thing in Vegas tomorrow,” and Nick took it to be some video shoot like he said. Who knows exactly how it went down, but Nick does have to take at least some of the responsibility for not showing up. And he did… sort of.
“I was trying to make it happen,” Diaz insisted. “I wasn’t talking to anybody. I wasn’t talking to Cesar, and I should have been. I should have had Cesar make my flight and everything, but I was trying to handle it on my own.”
That still doesn’t explain all the phone calls Dana White said he made, why Nick snuck out of Gracie’s house or any of the other stuff, but seriously, everyone’s stories are so scattered, it’s only going to make your head spin trying to figure out what actually happened. It’s easier on your brain to just move on so I shall.
Contrary to public perception, Nick says talking to the media doesn’t really bother him. It’s having to miss training sessions that he doesn’t like. In fact, he wonders why no one ever wants to come film his training sessions or why he hasn’t been invited to appear on “Inside MMA” or “ESPN MMA Live”. Not surprisingly, HDNet has already extended an invitation and I’m sure plenty of reporters and videographers will be beating down his gym’s doors in the coming weeks.
When Nick was done explaining the no-show, he went ahead and blasted his former opponent Georges St. Pierre for not stepping up and trying to convince Dana White to keep the fight.
“I really don’t appreciate this mother [expletive] sitting there at that press conference and laughing at me,” Diaz said. “That’s some real bitch [expletive]. He’s sitting there laughing like it’s funny or something. If I saw Georges on the street and called him a bitch, I bet you he wouldn’t do [expletive]. I bet you if I walked up and gave him a slap, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t do [expletive]. But you can’t do that to me. That’s not how it works for me. That’s something to fight about.
“It makes me mad that Georges is going to sit there and call himself a fighter, but he’s not going to stand up and say something about this. He’s going to let it ride. I think I would say something. I would at least have said, ‘I disagree. I don’t agree with canceling my fight because of some dumbass [expletive].’ Instead, he sat there and said, ‘He doesn’t have the commitment to be a champion.’ What is that? I obviously have the commitment to throw my life away. I’ve thrown my life away and sacrificed everything so that I can fight. I did that. I threw my life away so I could work hard and train and fight. That’s commitment.”
“I wasn’t going to say anything in the buildup to fighting Georges,” Diaz said. “I was going to be really respectful. Georges is a great fighter. But he’s a little bitch when it comes to fighting me right now. Why is he just going along with everything? To say I don’t have the commitment? I don’t understand. He’s the one that doesn’t have the commitment.
“I know sometimes I sound like a nut when I’m talking, but there’s a lot of [expletive] to this situation. It’s ridiculous that I have to be the only one explaining what goes on behind the scenes. One of the things that has always helped me out in my career is that I’ve never dealt with this. Other people dealt with this. Now everybody is putting the blame on me. I think that needs to come off, and I think that Georges St-Pierre is a little bitch for not saying anything about it. He’s like, ‘Yeah, switch it to Condit. That’s easier. I’d love to fight my buddy. I’d love to fight my pal.'”
“The bottom line is Georges is being a little bitch,” Diaz said. “He didn’t step up and say anything when the UFC pulled me out of this fight. I understand sometimes you have to do what you’re told, but why wouldn’t you tell the media you still want to fight me? If I was Georges, I would want to fight the best. I would have asked for the Anderson Silva fight. I would have asked to fight the Strikeforce champ. But he sits there like a robot and doesn’t say anything at all, just like he’s not going to say anything about me calling him a bitch now. If I saw B.J. Penn walking down the street and called him a bitch, we would be fighting right there on the spot.
Despite everything Dana White said about not trusting Diaz and his inability to the handle the pressure of a UFC main event, he hasn’t rule out the possibility of GSP and Diaz still fighting if they both win at UFC 137. At least then, Nick will have a reason to fight him, you know, besides all the fame and fortune that goes along with winning a UFC championship.
As for BJ Penn, Diaz knows it’s not going to be an easy fight.
“It’s not like it’s an easy fight for me,” Diaz said. “I’m not like these bitches. I’m not going to hold B.J. Penn down the whole time like these guys have done. They held B.J. down because they’re bigger than him and stronger than him. I’m not going to do that. I’m not a little bitch to try and hold somebody down. I’m going to go out there and fight this tricky mother [expletive], and it could mean a lot of problems for me. It would have been a lot of problems for them, too, if they had fought him like I fight. They would have lost that fight.
“It’s a different matchup, me fighting B.J. I’m not afraid to fight B.J. I’m not afraid to fight anybody. I’ve proven that. I’ve won three belts in this [expletive] with people trying to take my head off.”
Word is Diaz had to take a substantial paycut from the GSP fight to the Penn fight and rumor has it the fight isn’t even signed yet, but Nick’s at least talking like it’s going to happen.
Meanwhile, Penn, who has been known to hype a fight or two, is worried that the Countdown crew is going to make Nick Diaz look like the bad guy, which really shouldn’t be that hard regardless of how they spin Penn’s words. Nick and BJ have trained together in the past and seem to have a mutual respect for one another. It doesn’t seem like either of them are interested in engaging in any pre-fight trash talking before the fight. In fact, Penn seems especially concerned that his relationship with Diaz will be damaged after the Countdown crew shows Nick footage of BJ saying things they forced him to say.
So much drama…