Shortly after Nick Diaz (Pictured) was demoted from his title bout against UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre because he skipped out on consecutive press conferences to promote their pay-per-view fight, Diaz released a video blog trying to explain his side of the story. Unfortunately for fans, the controversial grappler shed very little light on the confusing situation.
Late Tuesday night, Diaz sat down with MMAJunkie and did his best to clarify things. He also blasted GSP for his reluctance in wanting to keep their October 29th scrap on the agenda.
“If I’d have known the fight was going to be off, I would have [expletive] gone to the press conference, or I would have told somebody, ‘Hey, if I don’t make it to this stupid [expletive], I’m not fighting,’ I think that people would have gotten me there,” Diaz stated. “I think people would have come and gave two [expletive] and gotten me to that press conference.
“I didn’t know it was supposed to be a press conference until the same day I was supposed to be making it to the press conference. I just don’t like the way people are treating it and acting like I backed out of a fight. Why would I do that?”
Diaz ultimately missed back-to-back pressers, one in Canada and another the following day in Las Vegas, which reportedly cost the UFC $15,000 in airfare. Diaz claims a lost passport prevented him from making the trek up north. He states he didn’t even understand why he was supposed to go to Canada in the first place.
In regards to his second no-show, even the media was alerted well in advance about the powwow in Nevada. Diaz said he tried to handle the situation himself instead of allowing his manager, Cesar Gracie, to arrange his transportation. However, the 28-year-old didn’t reveal what caused him to miss that flight.
At the end of the day, Mr. 209 still doesn’t believe the punishment fits the crime. Although, what irks him the most is that St-Pierre sat at the podium like a “robot” and proceeded to go along with whatever UFC president Dana White told him to do.
“I really don’t appreciate this mother[expletive] sitting there at that press conference and laughing at me,” Diaz said. “That’s some real bitch [expletive]. He’s sitting there laughing like it’s funny or something. If I saw Georges on the street and called him a bitch, I bet you he wouldn’t do [expletive]. I bet you if I walked up and gave him a slap, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t do [expletive]. But you can’t do that to me. That’s not how it works for me. That’s something to fight about.
“The bottom line is Georges is being a little bitch. If I was Georges, I would want to fight the best. I would have asked for the Anderson Silva fight. I would have asked to fight the Strikeforce champ. But he sits there like a robot and doesn’t say anything at all, just like he’s not going to say anything about me calling him a bitch now. If I saw B.J. Penn walking down the street and called him a bitch, we would be fighting right there on the spot.”
In regards to not wanting to “play the game,” Diaz understands he was wrong for missing press junkets. However, he says he doesn’t mind talking with the media as long as they go to him and don’t interrupt his training. That was something Diaz claims UFC management told him wouldn’t be a problem when they decided to bring him back to the Octagon.
St-Pierre now defends his throne against Carlos Condit at UFC 137, who was slated to co-headline the card against Penn. Diaz now meets Penn inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.