Cesar Gracie Shuts Down Rumors of Nick Diaz Missing UFC Countdown Taping

First LastCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2012

Rumors of former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz missing the taping of the countdown show for UFC 143 are false, according to Cesar Gracie's twitter.

rumors Nick missed countdown show are false. They finished shooting 2 weeks ago. Went fine

Rumors of Diaz missing the taping for UFC 143 Countdown came from a twitter post from MMA Encyclopedia author Jonathan Snowden.

Diaz, who trains out of Team Gracie, will be taking on Carlos Condit for the interim UFC welterweight championship during Super Bowl weekend.

After being removed from the main event at UFC 137 against reigning champion Georges St-Pierre due to missing two pre-fight press conferences, the 29-year-old fought and defeated B.J. Penn instead and won a unanimous decision at the same event.

Condit is currently riding a four-fight win streak with knockout victories over Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim.

Diaz is on an 11-fight win streak with wins over Penn, Paul Daley, Scott Smith, KJ Noons and Evangelista Santos.