After being cut from his upcoming UFC title fight against Georges St Pierre for missing two press conferences, Nick Diaz took to YouTube to respond.
Unfortunately for Nick the UFC is not a place for amateur brawlers, but a big business for intelligent fighters to make their mark. That means promoting fights and showing up to events.
But it’s not just the UFC that’s unhappy.
Diaz’s trainer, Cesar Gracie, has chimed in on the situation and has withdrawn a lot of his support for Diaz. “There’s a lot of hard workers I see that have trouble putting food on the table for their kids,” Gracie said. “I’ve stuck up for Nick a lot, but I can’t stick up for him on this one.”
“I would have driven him to Vegas if it came to that,” Gracie said. “I don’t care. He just turned his phone off and acted like a little kid. It just doesn’t cut it.”
At Wednesday’s press conference, White suggested the pressure of fighting GSP got to Diaz, but Gracie quickly refuted that notion.
“He doesn’t feel comfortable being around people,” he said. “He has a very deep ingrained social anxiety, and it’s something he probably needs help for, I think. I think that’s why he self-medicates himself with the marijuana. That’s my amateur opinion.”
What’s quite obvious from the whole situation and video is that while incredibly skilled, Nick Diaz has not yet truly stepped up to the status of being a professional fighter. Using the video to call the press conferences “beauty pageants” shows little understanding of how the UFC uses the press to promote the fights, increase PPV buys and make the money to pay Diaz when he’s “ready to get paid”.