Nick Diaz arrives fashionably late to the UFC 137 Conference CallPosted on October 19, 2011, 02:58 PM by Joey Santosus
The UFC hosted a Media Conference Call today ahead of next weekends UFC 137 fight card, which was scheduled to include both headliners, BJ Penn and Nick Diaz.
Noticeably absent for the majority of the call, however, was the Cesar Gracie Fighter, Diaz, who was unable to be located at the time of the scheduled media commitment.
"Respectfully, I'm not going to get into specifics, but we've been in constant contact with Cesar Gracie and he is still searching for Nick at the moment and that's where we'll leave it," said UFC executive Dave Sholler.
Scholler's remarks were eerily similar to those of UFC President Dana White's several weeks prior at a UFC 137 Pre-Fight Press Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unable to be found after failing to appear for multiple media obligations, Diaz was abruptly stripped of the opportunity to challenge Georges St. Pierre for the Welterweight title. Instead, he would now face Penn in the co-main event - or so we thought.
In yet another unexpected turn of events, news broke less than 24-hours ago that a knee injury had forced the Champion to withdraw from his match-up, once again making Diaz one half of the card's headlining bout. Unlike St. Pierre, however, who was vocal about his displeasure with what seemed to be a lack of dedication on Diaz's part, Penn says he's not bothered by "The Stockton Bad Boy's" erratic behavior.
"Nick is Nick, he's going to do what he does," said Penn. "He doesn't change and that doesn't have nothing to do with me. He does always show up for the fight, so I don't think we have to worry about all of that stuff. I'm a fan of Nick Diaz and I've been a fan since before he was in the UFC. I know him and his brother Nate personally and whatever they do, they're themselves. The only thing that will be bothering me is when Nick Diaz is punching me in the nose in the octagon, thats the only time he will bother me."
Showing up fashionably late, Diaz arrived seemingly puzzled by the call. "You know what, I didn't even know there was a call," Diaz insisted. "What happened? Nobody told me there was a call. I didn't know anything about it, it's a simple as that. I didn't get any notice for this call. I didn't know about it until about 15 minutes ago."
While it remains unclear how or where the lines became crossed, Diaz maintains that he does his job and does it well, and that job is to fight.
"I don't know whats going to happen with me, but it's not going to make a difference whether or not I whine and cry about it or panic to get things done," Diaz explained. "I'm just going to do what I always do: train and when it's time to fight go fight. My job is to fight, so I have to fight when I'm told to fight. And that's what I do, that's what I do well. ... I didn't make any mistakes as far as training and doing what I do. I've been in there putting in 100% and I've always thought that was what's important. People want to see fights, they want to see good fights and good fighters. That's what I'm trying to bring to the table."
UFC 137 is set to take place October 29th from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. BJ Penn and Nick Diaz will headline the stacked fight card, while a Heavyweight showdown between rising Heavyweight contender Matt Mitirone and Cheick Kongo will serve as co-main event.