Cesar Gracie, trainer and manager to Nick Diaz, says the UFC should have fined his fighter, not removed him from his welterweight title fight with Georges St-Pierre.
Diaz failed to show up for a pair of press conferences to promote the UFC 137 pay-per-view, forcing UFC President Dana White to take him out of the headline act and replace him with Carlos Condit.
Gracie, who defended White’s actions early Wednesday, took a step back from those statements while talking with Full Contact Fighter.
“I wish they would have fined him,” Gracie said. “Nick has never heard of anyone being cut for missing a press conference.
“I wish it didn’t happen this way.”
Diaz has posted a video discussing his reasoning for not showing up to the events, and said he is willing to fight anyone the UFC has to offer.
Gracie has stood by Diaz through many obstacles, and plans to stick by his side after this ordeal.
“I am standing by him,” Gracie said. “He’s a loyal soldier. Everybody makes mistakes.
“I am hoping he can still fight in the UFC and show the world how good he is.”
Diaz is 25-7, with one no contest, and has not lost since a doctor stoppage against K.J. Noons in 2007. He defended the Strikeforce welterweight title three times before relinquishing the title to pursue the fight with St-Pierre.