As the old adage goes, ‘It takes two to tango.’ While it is a near certainty Nick Diaz (Pictured) will show up October 29th to challenge welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for his crown at UFC 137, Diaz pulled a no-show at Tuesday’s media gathering in Canada, leaving GSP to promote their pay-per-view extravaganza all by his lonesome.
“I don’t know why he did not show up. Maybe he has personal issues, I have no idea,” St-Pierre told The Canadian Press. “I know they bought two flights (tickets) for him and he didn’t show up.
“I have no idea. I can’t talk about it because I don’t know what’s going on in his life. Hopefully he’ll be OK and I’ll see him in the cage.”
When MMAJunkie inquired about Diaz’s absence, his longtime manager, Cesar Gracie, simply stated, “Nick is extremely happy about the opportunity to fight GSP, but old habits die hard.”
Diaz’s disinterest in participating in activities not directly related to training or fighting has been well documented. In fact, when UFC president Dana White called him back up to the big leagues earlier this summer, he had a poignant conversation with Diaz about having to “play the game.”
White was referencing the need to talk with the media in order to help promote the sport, as well as his upcoming fights. Unfortunately for Diaz, yesterday’s maneuver may have backfired because it appears to have irked the baddest welterweight on the planet.
“I’m a little bit mad, because it’s a little bit unfair,” St-Pierre expressed. “I missed days of training to come here. Plus jet lag and everything. I think it’s not fair. He should do the same thing that I do.”
St-Pierre, Diaz and White are scheduled to appear in Las Vegas, Nevada today for another presser. Diaz is expected to face the firing squad.