During the UFC on FUEL 7 post event media scrum, Dana White let slip that his Countdown special people were having a bit of a problem filming the Nick Diaz portions of the show:
“First we gotta get him to show up for the (expletive) interviews and then we can do it. How many has he missed, four? Three. He’s missed three. So we’ve got a crew rolling around Stockton not doing a (expletive) thing. It costs us a lot of money and we can’t properly sell the fight or Nick Diaz.”
Interestingly enough, this resulted in Diaz’s lawyer sending emails to MMA media claiming…
“Dana is mistaken. There is no ‘crew rolling around Stockton’ and Nick did not ‘miss’ three interviews,” Jonathan Tweedale, a lawyer with the Nick Diaz camp, told MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.
“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, Feb. 14). Nick arrived early and was in good spirits at that Feb. 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.”
So what is more likely? That the chronically publicity-adverse Diaz pulled a Diaz, or that the UFC didn’t scheduled their film crew’s time with him properly? This isn’t the first time the UFC screwed up on stuff like this. They also didn’t tell him about those press conferences either! Here’s Nick from October 2011 explaining why he was 45 minutes late for a Diaz / GSP phone conference:
“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.”
So I would just like to take a moment to say “Shape up, UFC!” Can you not even get organized enough to promote one of your biggest pay per views of the year properly? Try acting like professionals.