It appears the Nick Diaz/GSP saga is far from over. The otf-eccentric Welterweight title challenger is set to face off with the longtime champ at UFC 158 in Montreal next month. But UFC President Dana White said last night that the opportunity may be falling through the cracks.
White had some very vocal beliefs about the situation,stating that Diaz has been on his last nerve as of late:
"I hope we don't come to that. I'm really close. I don't want to be. I don't want to do this. It sucks."
White's anger stems from the previously reported instance of a UFC film crew rolling around Diaz' hometown of Stockton, California in an ill-fated attempt to capture him on film. He continued:
"It's not funny. We're very cool and very lenient in a lot of ways. Look at this company. Look how we are. We let a lot of things fly. But that's just absolute bulls---."
White may have a point here, and while many fighters have engaged in questionable behavior over the years, he has been known to give second chances. The Rampage Jackson incident comes to mind. Regardless, Diaz is being his notoriously hard-to-deal-with self:
"We've treated Nate and Nick with respect. Anytime they come in and want to negotiate their contracts, we do the things, we're good to everybody. At least give us the respect to show up and not blow $50 grand on not showing up for interviews you're supposed to do."
"All the fans are like, 'Shut up, Dana. Let Nick fight.' You shut up, idiots. This is how it works. This is the job. This is what we do. Go to your f---ing job and tell your boss, 'I don't want to this or that.' That's not how it works. It's part of the job. I've shown the Diaz brothers a ton of respect. They can show some respect back. I hope I don't even have to think about that. It's the last thing on earth I want to do."
So the subject has become quite touchy for the President, who appears sick of anyone willing to give Diaz a free pass on his behavior. However, he did grant Diaz another chance at the title after he lost his last bout and got suspended for failing the drug test. Diaz, of course, sloughed off three press conferences in late 2011 and lost his first shot at GSP. In a courtesy to St-Pierre, the UFC granted Diaz a second chance. Will he waste this opportunity as well?