UFC welterweight Nick Diaz
The UFC 158 media duties are over and all that is left is the fight, but what happens after the fight?
Nick Diaz will challenge UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre for his title Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. It’s been one of the most anticipated fights in the history of the promotion, and the hype surrounding the match has been entertaining, yet maybe a bit much at times.
The beginning of this debacle began at a UFC 137 pre-fight press conference. UFC president Dana White stood at the podium, St-Pierre seated to his right and a room full of media was present, however, the challenger, Diaz, was not in attendance. This led to Diaz being pulled from the match by choice of White, and Carlos Condit was awarded the chance to challenge GSP for the belt.
St-Pierre suffered a torn ACL, forcing him to withdraw from the match, which set up a contest between Condit and Diaz. Diaz lost a decision to Condit at UFC 143, and to add insult to injury, the former Strikeforce champion tested positive for marijuana metabolites, a banned substance, following the match.
Diaz served a 12-month suspension for his mishap, GSP defended his belt against Condit in November 2012, and a bout featuring the French-Canadian and the Cesar Gracie product came to fruition. And the headaches began.
In January, White informed members of the media that Diaz has missed several appointments to film “UFC Primetime,” a program used to promote main events of such a high profile. Coach Gracie reputed Diaz was unaware of the dates and times for filming until it was too late. The UFC let that slide, but became incredibly concerned when Diaz missed his open workout in Montreal just days before the event. An irritated White made it clear that if the Californian did not meet the rest of his media obligations the consequences would be severe.
Though, White insisted Diaz promote the fight, it may not have been the kind of campaign that sits well with the UFC once the Stockton native obliged.
Diaz, at a UFC 158 pre-fight press conference on Thursday, continuously blasted St-Pierre and White for selling “wolf tickets” – making up lies to sell the fight- to the fans. Diaz claimed he doesn’t receive the same treatment as the champ, citing that he too would like a “buttered up photo” on the event poster. He also kept no opinion to himself, as Diaz insinuated that the rules of the sport favor a fighter with GSP’s attributes, and said St-Pierre should’ve lost decisions, Condit and Jake Shields specifically, awarded to him.
The function had the fans and media abuzz, but had St-Pierre fuming, which is out of character for the champion.
Diaz’s tirade did not stop there.
He joined the “Tim and Sid” show after the pre-fight press conference. Diaz used the Fan590 platform to hurl more accusations at St-Pierre, White and the UFC. In the midst of saying GSP is afraid of him, and White is protecting their champion, Diaz made strong allegations of the Quebecer.
“Sure, I believe (St-Pierre) is on plenty of steroids and I don’t think they test around here, either,” Diaz told the Tim and Sid Show. “I doubt I’ll be tested, as well.
“I don’t care what they’re saying or marketing to the media. I don’t think either of us are going to be tested. And if so, he’s probably got a bottle of piss in his pocket. I doubt they’re standing over him, making sure he’s not on steroids.”
When an athlete such as St-Pierre, who is considered a great ambassador of the sport, is accused of such harsh acts, it is imperative to substantiate those allegations. Furthermore, slandering your boss and company publically is never a positive method of securing employment.
If Diaz conquers St-Pierre, the UFC will be left with a champion that isn’t one for compromising. Diaz does things his way, when he feels like it, whether it frustrates anyone or not. White said if that is the case, he will have to have a “come to Jesus” meeting in Las Vegas to hash out the penalties should Diaz continue his negligent ways. Stripping of the title and walking papers would definitely be on the list of consequences.
Should St-Pierre defend his title, then Diaz is left with virtually no leverage for his antics. White would be hard pressed to tolerate Diaz’s disregard for media policies, public outbursts against the UFC and the company’s president if not involved in a title fight. This, once again, would lead to Diaz being served with walking papers.
Win or lose, Diaz is in a position that if he doesn’t employ a new attitude, he’ll be searching for a new employer after the fight.