White close to pulling Diaz from UFC 158 title shot | UFC NEWS
During the UFC 157 media scrum, the UFC president answered several questions about Diaz and his lack of cooperation in doing interviews for the upcoming UFC 158, where Diaz is slated to take on champion Georges St. Pierre.
Apparently, things have gotten so bad so bad that he is considering pulling Diaz off the card.
“I’m close, man. I’m really close. And I don’t want to be,” White said. “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 works, okay? This is the job, this is what we do. Go to your job and tell your f*ckin’ 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.”
White said that Diaz has fulfilled his obligations for the Countdown special but it wasn’t until after the camera crew had spent a significant amount of time in Stockton trying to track down the mercurial welterweight.
“We spent over $50,000 on production costs and the guys are cruising around Stockton, Calif., not interviewing people,” White said.
“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 bulls*t.
“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.”
White pulled Diaz from the UFC 137 title fight after Diaz failed to show up at a press conference.