The Nick Diaz Drama train continued to choo-choo along as Nick nearly missed yet another media event yesterday. You may recall Nick being in the main event against Georges St Pierre until getting demoted to co-main against BJ Penn after skipping out on two press conferences already. But yesterday was supposed to feature the new, responsible Nick. One that had ‘an understanding’ with Dana White:
“I don’t see that happening again. He knows, we’ve talked. Seriously, I would be shocked if he didn’t show up at another press conference and if he does, I don’t even know what to say. I guess that would be the end of it,” White says.
Fortunately, we won’t have to find out how final ‘the end of it’ would have been because Nick finally showed up 45 minutes later and gave us some of that pothead blabbity blah we love so much:
What? I didn’t even know – what? I didn’t even know about a call. That happened? Anybody know there was a call? Nobody called me in the past week or couple of days or anything or said there was a call. I trained last night, went home, got something to eat, went to sleep. Woke up, my phone was dead and then my brother’s telling me I’m supposed to be on a call. I don’t know anything about it.
I’ve been doing the same, living the same since I started, since I was 17. You know, I live down the street from my parents who I used to live in the same house with. Now I live with my brother. And uh, I’ve got all these people, business people and big money people around me trying to make deals. I don’t know anything about that.
All I know is that somebody is getting paid over 100 grand just to, just to tell me what I’m supposed to do and what I’m not supposed to do. And I’m thinking for that much money, I could have had somebody standing around telling me, “Hey, uh, you can’t miss this, uh, press conference. That kinda, you know … that voids the whole contract and then you’re out, you ain’t gettin’ shit. You ain’t fighting’ shit. You ain’t makin’ no money, so you have to be at this thing.”
It’s simple. If I had read that shit over myself, I’d have been a little more cautious, and not been like, “Oh, I’ve got people, y’know, getting paid to tell me alright, you need to be here or there.” If I didn’t feel like I had that, I would have probably read that shit myself, and dealt with things myself, and been a little more cautious, and I probably would have showed up at that press conference, you know? But that’s not the case you know … um, you know?
I’m in the gym training hard; I think that’s what’s important. I think we signed and made a deal, I think a deals a deal, you know what I mean? I don’t know anything about, uh … you know … going back on that. That doesn’t even, that never even came to mind. As far as I’m concerned, the people working for me that should have been there to tell me … you know … what’s what. And I didn’t have that like everybody else has.
Strange, I could have sworn he had that in the form of Cesar Gracie, the guy who seems to be doing 80% of the babysitting when it comes to Nick. I gotta give a shout out to Nate for picking up the extra 20% and getting Nick on this call. By sticking his head into Nick’s room and going “Uuuuh press conference, bro”, he probably saved his brother from dashing all chances of a GSP fight happening yet again.