…and in it’s place, Georges will now face off with Carlos Condit.
It all started on Wednesday with some press conference in Canada. Nick no-showed that one and while many fans giggled and said “Oh that wacky Nick Diaz”, the owners of the billion dollar sports company weren’t quite so amused.
Today there was another press conference, and once again Nick Diaz elected not to show up. So instead of GSP pulling double duty again, Dana White had a 40 minute conversation with the press that went “How crazy is it that Nick Diaz didn’t show up?” Take it away, Dana:
We haven’t heard from him. I haven’t talked to him again he hasn’t returned my call. Many of you who follow the sport know I’ve had my recervations about Nick Diaz for a long time now. And you’ve heard me use the term ‘Play the game.’ All I asked this kid to do was play the game this much.
And when we brought him in to sign this fight with Georges St Pierre, we sat down in my office and I said “Let me tell you what, kid. If you add up all the purses you’ve ever made in your entere career, you’re going to make so much more money than that in this fight. This fight’s gonna be the biggest fight of your life. Not only are you gonna make all this money but you’re going to have the opportunity to fight Georges St Pierre and win the welterweight title. BUT I NEED you to do certain things. There are certiain things you have to do you have to promote this fight. You have to show up for press conferences, you can’t start fights at fights.”
And the list goes on and on of things that I told Nick that we need from him. Nick looked me right in my face and lied to me and he said he would do it.
And then he had the video you see below played to the crowd:
So … yeah. No more GSP vs Nick Diaz. Boo-urns. There’s a few ways to look at this. One is from the personal fan perspective where most of us don’t really give that much of a shit about press conferences. GSP vs Nick Diaz still sounds as awesome as it did when it was first announced and I was ready to put down my 50 bucks even with Nick half-assing promotion like he always does.
Another is from the perspective that this is a professional sport and the days of these kinda pro wrestling antics are long gone. Josh Gross pounds that sentiment out quite thoroughly:
He screwed up. He got what he deserved. That’s not me saying this. That’s his people saying this. Diaz disappointed his closest friends, his allies, his teammates. These are the people he always speaks so glowingly about. They’re the ones, he says, that matter most. Hey Nick, they’re the ones that matter most! And yet here you are, failing on so many levels to live up to the promises you made.
Forget for a moment about doing what your promoter required of you, even if it is the most powerful entity in the sport that decided to pay you a lot of money and offer an unprecedented opportunity. But what about the guys in the room? The Cesar Gracie family? Oh, how Diaz disappointed them.
And what of the fans who were so vocal in their desire to see Diaz fight St. Pierre in the UFC? They’re as responsible for making the fight as Gracie was with his masterful contractual parlor tricks. How are they supposed to feel?
All of that energy and time and money. Gone without a return because Nick Diaz couldn’t be bothered to get to Toronto and Las Vegas and actually earn his keep.
All I know is that another awesome fight just got goddamned canceled, and that sucks.