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Nick Diaz On Skipping Press Conferences: “I Thought It Was Some PR Thing”

The whole Nick Diaz situation has been talked about and talked about in the media for the better part of the past week.

Now, the fighter himself has come clean on what really happened – at least in his own words – during an interview with

“I’m not trying to make all these little excuses. 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,” Diaz said. “I didn’t even know there was a press conference. I thought it was some PR thing. People were trying to tell me, ‘You’re going to do this skit’ and that 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 it was supposed to be a press conference until the same day I was supposed to be making it to the press conference. I just don’t like the way people are treating it and acting like I backed out of a fight. Why would I do that?”

Diaz is now expected to meet B.J. Penn on the UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Condit card in October instead of meeting UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who takes on Carlos Condit – Penn’s original opponent.

Diaz says he became frustrated by the whole situation and tried dealing with it himself instead of relying on his manager and trainer, Cesar Gracie, to help figure out the issues between the UFC and Diaz.

“I was trying to make it happen,” Diaz said. “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.”

UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Condit takes place October 29 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Diaz-Penn is set to be the co-main event of the pay-per-view telecast.