Nick Diaz and his trainer/manager Cesar Gracie have always had a very close relationship, so it was a surprise when he failed to stand behind Diaz when the fighter was a no show for Wednesday’s UFC 137 press conference in Las Vegas.
To start the press conference, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre and an empty seat that was meant for Diaz joined UFC President Dana White on the dais. White then told of how Diaz could not be found leading up to the presser, which led to Diaz being replaced by Carlos Condit.
Gracie spoke to MMAFighting.com about Diaz’s behavior leading up to the Las Vegas press conference, immediately agreeing that White was correct in removing Diaz from the fight.
Gracie also offered the following, “Nick is like family to me. We’re going to have a long discussion, hopefully with Dana, to see if he’s still in the UFC or not. But let’s face it, Nick is 28 years old. I talked to Dana about this before, and I think a big problem with all of this is Nick has social anxiety. He doesn’t like to go and be away from home. He has no trouble fighting in the cage, though. You can’t just not show up and [not] tell anyone anything.”
Gracie finished by saying, “If I were him, I would be calling Dana at some point basically begging for my job and giving [me] another chance to fight for the title.“– to read the complete interview visit MMAFighting.com.
At this point Diaz has not been cut from the UFC, but his future is far from clear.
What do you think LowKick’ers, does Nick Diaz have a future with the UFC?
Nick Diaz, top, pummels Gleison Tibau during the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 65 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA, on November 18, 2006. Photo credit: Francis Specker