It looks like Nick Diaz may not be all that willing to “play the game,” per UFC president Dana White’s request.
The surly Stockton native decided not to attend a scheduled media appearance in Toronto held to promote his upcoming fight against UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre. Diaz’s absence has not been officially explained or addressed, but it fits in with his usual pre-fight pattern. Diaz doesn’t care to be bothered or distracted from training by dealing with media obligations.
Though Diaz may not have cared to attend the hype session, his opponent did and he admitted to being pretty annoyed by the challenger’s absence in an interview with the Winnipeg Free Press.
“I don’t know why he did not show up. Maybe he has personal issues, I have no idea,” St-Pierre said. “I know they bought two flights for him and he didn’t show up. I have no idea. I can’t talk about it because I don’t know what’s going on in his life. Hopefully he’ll be OK and I’ll see him in the cage.
“I’m a little bit mad, because it’s a little bit unfair,” he added. “I missed days of training to come here. Plus jet lag and everything. I think it’s not fair — he should do the same thing that I do.”
There is a Stateside press conference to hype their fight set for tomorrow, it will be interesting to see whether or not Diaz shows up and what White will do/say to him should he not.
St-Pierre and Diaz are scheduled to face off on October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in the main event of UFC 137.