In a move that will shock the MMA world, Nick Diaz has been removed from his title fight with Georges St-Pierre after not attending any of this week's promotional events and not turning up for any of the three flights that were arranged for him to attend today's press conference.
Diaz has been replaced by Carlos Condit.
During the early part of the press conference announcing the move, UFC president Dana White said that he never foresaw this happening, and that it's the first time in his promotional career that he's had to pull a fighter from a card for these sorts of reasons.
Diaz is well known to despise press conferences and media appearances, but it is believed he had promised Dana White that he would appear on the press tour to promote the superfight. White said he had placed calls to both Cesar Gracie and Diaz's brother Nate, and neither were able to locate the AWOL fighter.
White confirmed that Carlos Condit was the first and last person approached to replace Diaz and that Condit is "ecstatic" at the opportunity to face the 170-pound champion. St-Pierre for his part praised Condit for taking the fight and said that in his opinion Condit is "a better fighter than Nick Diaz."
It will now be interesting to see whether or not Diaz has a future with the company. And Dana White might also be facing an interesting conversation with BJ Penn who was originally set to face Condit and hadn't been informed of the change of plan before the public announcement.