Former Strikeforce welterweight champ Nick Diaz better get used to all these press conferences, conference calls, and other media appearances if he is going to be a successful fighter in the UFC.
After having a title shot with Georges St-Pierre taken away from him for missing several of those media events, Diaz showed up late to Wednesday’s conference call for UFC 137, an event he is now headlining alongside opponent B.J. Penn.
“Hey, how’s it going,” Diaz casually asked nearly 45 minutes after the call had started.
The Californian plead he case, stating he didn’t know that he was still needed for the promotional obligation due to St-Pierre being forced out of his fight with Carlos Condit just a day earlier due to a knee injury, mentioning he hadn’t been given any information from the UFC to suggest otherwise.
“”All I know is that somebody’s getting paid over a hundred grand just to tell me what I’m supposed to do and what I’m not supposed to do. And I’m like, for that much money, I think I could have had somebody standing around telling me, ‘Hey, you can’t miss this press conference. That kind of voids the whole contract, and then you’re out, and you get (screwed)…You make no money. So you have to be at this thing.’,” Diaz explained.
“I’m just gonna do what I always do and train, and when it’s time to fight, I go fight,” he continued. “And it’s really about me, it’s not about whatever’s going on in the world or who I’m fighting or who I’m not fighting. I’m not gonna really have a choice on that. My job is to fight, so I have to fight when I’m told to fight, and that’s what I do well.”
In Penn, Diaz will be facing a former training partner and someone he really didn’t want to meet inside the Octagon. “The Prodigy,” who has dealt with the wrath of UFC President Dana White himself, said he embraces the good and bad of Diaz.
“Nick is Nick, he’s gonna do what he does,” Penn said. “I enjoy watching the stuff that Diaz does. He doesn’t change, he’s always himself and that has nothing to do with me.”
Whether or not Penn will enjoy what he sees from Diaz on October 29 will be a completely different story and one appearance the outspoken Graciefighter will absolutely be showing up for.
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