Montreal – It took a few hours, but we have finally heard from Nick Diaz regarding his no-show at Wednesday’s UFC 158 open workouts. If you think an apology was offered for his absence or some other type of mea culpa, you’d be wrong.
Instead the finger of blame was pointed squarely in the direction of the UFC, as Diaz tweeted:
Would of been happy to show for the fans but UFC got me here at 12 last nightGorge lives here! m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=pTDv…— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) March 14, 2013
For those that have not heard, Diaz was scheduled to take part in the UFC 158 open workouts on Wednesday along with six other fighters that will be competing on Saturday’s fight card, Georges St-Pierre, Carlos Condit, Johny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger, Nate Marquardt and Patrick Cote. The event took place at the Complexe Desjardins in Montreal. When Diaz’s allotted time to work out came, he was nowhere to be found.
The six other fighters all completed their workouts as scheduled, after which they met with the assembled media, a ritual that the UFC has had in place for quite some time. When the final fighter, UFC welterweight champion and Diaz’s opponent, Georges St-Pierre, left the building, the count of the fighters that completed their fan and media obligations for the day remained one short.
Does Diaz have a legit excuse?
Despite the fact that all other fighters made it to the event, Diaz felt no need to apologize, but instead blamed the UFC.
It’s true that St-Pierre does live in Montreal where the open workouts took place, but four of the other fighters that worked out do not, yet they all made it to the Complexe Desjardins and made it on time.
Earlier today, my colleague at Bleacher Report, Jeremy Botter, opined that Diaz’s no-show for the open workouts was unprofessional. It’s hard to see this latest move, trying to shift the blame to anyone but himself or his handlers as another example of that unprofessional behavior.
There will be a tipping point for the UFC when it comes to Diaz and we may be very close to reaching that point days before UFC 158 takes place here in Montreal.