While all six of UFC 158‘s featured fighters were scheduled to attend Wednesday’s media workouts at Complexe Desjardins in Montreal, Nick Diaz (pictured) was the man most wanted to see. Not because he’s a bigger superstar than opponent and reigning UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre, but the unpredictable nature of what comes out of Diaz’s mouth makes him must-see TV.
Diaz was slated to appear at Noon local time. Tick tock, the clock strikes 12:15 and the dozens of media members in attendance assume he’s just casually late (AGAIN). Fifteen minutes later and the hoard of fans eagerly awaiting Diaz’s arrival believe he’s simply on Stockton time.
Another half-hour passes and the only thing practicing inside the scaled-down Octagon is a handful of kids dressed up in Gis.
Ten minutes later, FUEL TV reporter Ariel Helwani finally manages to track down Diaz’s longtime manager, Cesar Garcie, to inquire about his client’s whereabouts.
Gracie informs Helwani that Diaz will not be attending the media workouts because a “7 hour plane ride while cutting weight is tough. Decided to rest up.”
Shortly after telling Helwani of their unexpected absence, Gracie claimed they requested with UFC president Dana White to postpone Diaz’s workout by tweeting, “We asked @danawhite if we could reschedule open workout. @nickdiaz209 wants to be at his best for this fight.”
Gracie subsequently deleted the post and told Helwani that “Dana previously OK’ed Nick not being at the workout.”
Coincidentally, White was a guest on “The Jim Rome Show” when all this madness was going down. White stated, “I literally just found out Nick Diaz did not show up for the open workouts.”
On a side note, hometown hero St-Pierre arrived on time and fulfilled the media obligations he “despises.”
White, St-Pierre and Diaz are slotted to hit the podium Thursday at 1PM ET/10AM PT for UFC 158’s pre-fight press conference. What’s the over-under on how late the presser will start?
UFC 158 takes place Saturday inside Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.