When UFC President Dana White told media members last weekend that welterweight Nick Diaz had been a hard man to find as of late regarding a series of interviews for shows being produced to promote his March 16 meeting with Georges St-Pierre it was easy to believe the company’s chief executive. After all, Diaz’s relationship with the press has always been shaky at best and he skipped a pair of press conferences in 2011 costing him an earlier shot at St-Pierre’s strap.
However, there is always two sides to every story and Diaz’s camp has now given his.
According to legal representative Jonathan Tweedale, Diaz was on scene for the only interview he was informed about.
“Dana is mistaken. There is no ‘crew rolling around Stockton’ and Nick did not ‘miss” three interviews,’” wrote Tweedale to MMAMania when asked for a comment. “In fact, several earlier dates were arranged without Nick’s knowledge and with no notice to Nick.”
“When Nick learned what had happened, I assisted him in arranging a date and time directly (Thursday, February 14),” Tweedale continued. “Nick arrived early and was in good spirits at that February 14 date — the one and only date he knew about in advance. Nick requires things to be done in an organized and orderly manner. That is the kind of professional he is.”
Communication issues were also blamed for Diaz’s earlier transgressions regarding promotional appearances. Whether a misunderstanding or flat out lie is at the root of the most recent situation, it certainly appears as though a new clash is brewing in relation to UFC 158 and it isn’t between Diaz-GSP.
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