Nick Diaz may have just delayed his mega-fight with Georges St-Pierre a few months.
That’s because, according to UFC President Dana White, if Diaz defeats B.J. Penn and GSP is successful defending his welterweight title against Carlos Condit, it is possible that Diaz-GSP will meet.
Both 170-pound affairs take place October 29 at UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Condit.
Diaz was taken out of the title fight after no-showing press conferences and replaced by Condit. Eventually, the UFC sat down with Diaz and worked out a plan for him to do some of the press events and compete in the UFC.
“Here’s the thing with Nick Diaz, which I’m not used to, but I’m going to get used to it: he’s just a different guy,” said White, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com recently. “I’m going to have to handle him and deal with him differently than I do every other guy in the UFC.”
White revealed that Diaz was going to no-show another interview for the Countdown to UFC 137 special, but he had an hour-long talk with Diaz about what he had to do in terms of press events.
“It’s not that he has to (play the game). But you have to play by some of the rules. I’m not asking you to not be yourself…or come up to me and say, ‘Hi,’ to me when you see me. It doesn’t matter. But I think I can work with it, and I think we can figure this thing out. I respect him as a fighter, people like to see him fight, there’s no doubt he’s got a little nutty side to him, but we’ll figure this thing out,” White said. “What I’m more worried about are the things that he has to do, like follow the rules that the athletic commission of whatever state we’re in lays down. You’ve got to follow those rules. There’s no bending or curving on that. All the other stuff is all, who cares. The kid’s a fighter.”
White said that maybe Diaz wasn’t quite sure what he was getting into when he signed with the UFC to compete in such a huge match in terms of press conferences and interviews, as other organizations he has fought for don’t have that kind of pressure put on the fighters.
“When you come over here, it’s a whole other ball game, man. You don’t run this show, I do,” White said. “I’m going to make decisions sometimes that make the fans not too happy and piss people off here and there. But if you’re going to run your business, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”