Reports surfaced on Saturday night following UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche that UFC president Dana White was once again frustrated with welterweight contender Nick Diaz and considering removing him from his main event title shot at UFC 158 against champion Georges St-Pierre.
Diaz has allegedly missed numerous interviews for the UFC Countdown show and that has White upset the developments.
“We spent over $50,000 on production costs and the guys are cruising around Stockton, Calif., not interviewing people. It’s not funny. It’s not funny. We’re very cool and very lenient in a lot of ways. I mean, look at this company, you know? We’re lenient on a lot of things we let a lot of things slide. But that’s just absolute bull–.
“That’s not cool, man. We treat Nate and Nick with respect. Any time they come in, they want to negotiate the contracts, we’re good to everybody, at least give us the respect to show up, and not blow 50 grand on interviews that you’re supposed to do.”
After White voiced his frustration is when he let everyone know he was close to pulling Diaz from the bout.
“I’m close, man. I’m really close. And I don’t want to be. You know, it sucks, none of this is easy, these two girls [Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche] worked their asses off this week, man, and I know what it feels like, it’s not fun. It’s part of the job. … This is how it work, okay? This is the job, this is what we do. Go to your job and tell your f—- boss ‘yeah I don’t want to do this or do that.’ It’s part of the job. I’ve showed the Diaz brothers a ton of respect, show some respect back.”
Let’s hope that Diaz doesn’t get pulled from the bout. MMA fans have been asking for GSP vs. Diaz for quite some time and it would be unfortunate if we were unable to see this fight between two stars because of a few missed interviews.