“There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — [pause] — shame on you. Fool me — [pause] — You can’t get fooled again.”
Although Nick Diaz (Pictured) skipped back-to-back press conferences which forced UFC president Dana White to pull him from his title fight against welterweight king Georges St-Pierre, White claims he would have no qualms with putting Diaz right back in a championship bout should he be victorious at UFC 137.
“Yeah,” White said when asked if he’d grant Diaz another title shot if he beat BJ Penn. “I don’t see [him ditching pressers] again. We don’t babysit. He knows. We’ve talked.
“I seriously would be shocked if he didn’t show up at another press conference, and if he does, I wouldn’t even know what to say. I guess that would be the end of it.”
Despite costing the company thousands of dollars in unused plane tickets and forcing them to scramble to find a more responsible replacement to challenge GSP on October 29th, White claims to have no issues with Mr. 209.
“I saw him when [his brother] Nate won, he was at [UFC 135],” White shared. “Everything seems good. His head’s in the right place and he’s ready to go.
“I have had absolutely no problems with Nick Diaz whatsoever. None. All been good.”
When asked what he anticipates from Diaz when UFC 137 fight week comes rolling around and media demands are swarming from every direction, White set his expectations low to ensure nobody gets disappointed.
“I expect nothing,” White flatly stated. “He doesn’t have to answer one question if he doesn’t want to. He doesn’t have to say a word. I just want him to sit there, and then get up and do the [face-off pictures].
“Just show up, man. He’s probably gonna flip everybody off and do all this other stuff. It’s Nick Diaz, I don’t want him to not be Nick Diaz.”
UFC 137 takes place inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.