UFC president Dana White has seen this dog and pony show before. Actually, let’s use the terminology coined by Nick Diaz (Pictured), “beauty pageant.” That’s why White is taking no chances in case Diaz decides to pull a – well, Nick Diaz – heading into his blockbuster bout with reigning welterweight king Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158.
“There’s no guarantees with Nick Diaz,” White admitted Saturday. “I’ve got nine welterweights on the show that are all in the top five. So if he falls out, we’ll still have a GSP fight.”
(Nine welterweights that are all in the top five? I’m not quite sure how that math works out, but okay.)
Diaz was originally slated to challenge St-Pierre in the most anticipated 170-pound affair in MMA history at UFC 137. However, Diaz was yanked from the pay-per-view broadcast after ditching back-to-back “beauty pageants” to promote the October 2011 extravaganza.
Even when Diaz was later reassigned to fight BJ Penn in the same event, Mr. 209 reportedly missed multiple flights to Las Vegas and checked in later than the UFC anticipated.
When asked if White plans on personally babysitting Diaz to ensure he stays on the straight and narrow leading up to the March 16th scrap, White claims he goes through Diaz’s manager because he can never get a hold of the former Strikeforce champion.
“Nick? No,” White responded when probed if he speaks with the controversial grappler directly. “I talk to Cesar [Gracie]. I text Nick, call Nick, he’s MIA. You can’t get him. I talk to Cesar.”
If all goes according to plan, GSP vs. Diaz will finally come to fruition at UFC 158.