During Thursday’s UFC 158 press conference, welterweight top contender Nick Diaz (pictured) apologized to the fans for skipping Wednesday’s UFC 158 media workouts … sort of. Diaz, who has become infamous for his propensity to ditching pre-fight promotional functions, said he made the best choice for himself given the circumstances.
“Well, it was either I miss that or I miss this, but I was going to have to catch up on some sleep,” Diaz stated. “I was on some later hours and I think it outweighed the repercussions.
“Sorry, I’d like to put on a show for the fans, but I’d also like to put on a show for the fans Saturday night. So I was trying to make the best decisions to make a showing at 100 percent.”
Diaz’s longtime manager, Cesar Gracie, sent out inconsistent messages yesterday regarding his client’s latest disappearing act. Gracie tweeted, “We asked @danawhite if we could reschedule open workout. @nickdiaz209 wants to be at his best for this fight.”
However, he deleted the post moments later.
White, who was coincidentally a guest on “The Jim Rome Radio Show” while all the madness was going down, claimed he was just learning about Diaz’s no-show during the interview.
Diaz said he hadn’t spoken with White to smooth over his (un)excused absence, but reiterated that, “I would have liked to make it.”
White had heard enough of the public grilling session and angrily jumped in to refocus the attention on what Diaz is actually in Montreal to do – challenge reigning welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for his crown at UFC 158.
“He’s here. He’s here now,” an agitated White stated. “Got any questions about the fight? He’s here today and I guarantee you he’ll be there tomorrow at the weigh-ins and I guarantee you he will be there Saturday.”
So, that’s that. Just Nick being Nick.
UFC 158 takes place Saturday inside Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.