White says Diaz bailed on series of interviews, fighter's camp denies statement
UFC welterweight top contender Nick Diaz has a history of missing UFC appointments.
Following UFC on FUEL TV 7 this past Saturday evening in England, UFC president Dana White revealed that the challenger has missed several interviews for the Countdown to UFC 158.
The event takes place on March 16 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
"Nick Diaz would be an interesting Countdown show if we could get him to show up for those," White said following Saturday's event.
"Imagine how good his Countdown show would be. Think his video blog would be great? How about if he had a professionally shot, by professionals, the best in the business, the best at cutting and producing features on athletes. Imagine how (expletive) good that would be. First we've got to get him to show up for the (expletive) interviews, and then we can do it… He's missed three."
White went on to say that the promotion has had a film crew in Stockton, California for two weeks.
"When we don't do an interview, you know how much that costs us? A s---load of money. Okay? So we've got a (expletive) 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."
But Team Diaz recently fired back at White's claims, explaining that Diaz was unaware of the interviews. Diaz's lawyer Jonathan Tweedale reached out to MMAFighting.com, stating that White is "mistaken," that "there is not 'crew rolling around Stockton,'" and that Diaz has not missed three interviews.
"Several earlier dates were arranged without Nick's knowledge and with no notice to Nick," Tweedale stated. "When Nick Learned what happened, I assisted him in arranging a date and time directly (Thursday, February 14). Nick arrived early and was in good spirits at that February 14 date -- the one and only date he knew about in advance."
No further comments have been made by White or Diaz's camp as of this posting.
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