Nick Diaz failed to show up to yet another scheduled appearance over the weekend and Dana White is not surprised.
After Diaz failed to show up for his supermatch against Braulio Estima at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo on Saturday, the early speculation on the Internet was that UFC president Dana White forced Diaz to withdraw from the competition. As usual, the early internet speculation was all wrong. It turns out that White never even knew that Diaz was a no-show. In fact, White didn’t even know that Diaz was competing at the Expo and said that he has never even heard of Diaz’s opponent.
This all played out on Twitter when several of White’s followers, presumably angry because they just payed $12.95 to watch some guy not fight Nick Diaz, took to the Twitterverse to direct their wrath at White.
White’s response was short and on point.
no, not shocked and I’m surprised u people are! He no showed a Las Vegas press conf to a fight he was gonna make HUGE $ and title
To make matters worse, Diaz had promised to donate all of his purse to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. So along with the guys that paid a few buck to watch Diaz roll you can add a few thousand sick kids and their parents to the list of people put off by this weekend’s events.
Nick Diaz is one of the most talented fighters in the UFC. He has a unique style in the octagon that makes him easy to admire. But sadly, Diaz’s decisions outside of the ring are grabbing all of the headlines. This time, just like his no-shows to publicity events leading up to last year’s fight with Georges St. Pierre, Diaz has no one to blame but himself. Unfortunately, Nick isn’t willing to accept the blame. Until Nick Diaz learns to take responsibility for his life and decisions outside of the octagon and surround himself with people who will hold him accountable, he will never reach his maximum potential inside of the octagon.
This weekend was just another example. Maybe, like Dana White, we won’t be surprised next time.
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