Nick Diaz failed to appear at the UFC 137 press conference in Toronto on Tuesday and again in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
And with that goes his title shot against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas.
"I'd had my reservations about Nick Diaz for a long time," UFC president Dana White said during a press conference at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. “All I asked the kid to do was play the game this much. I need you to do certain things. You have to show up to press conference, you have to promote this fight. He looked at me and said he would, and he lied to me. I’ve promoted over 1600 fights and this has never happened once. This blows my mind.”
Carlos Condit, who was already scheduled to fight that night, has been moved up for a title shot against GSP. Condit (27-5) is a former WEC welterweight champion who has won his last four fights in the UFC.
St-Pierre (22-2) wasn't all that thrilled with Diaz's no-show. Either of them.
“When I went to Toronto and he didn’t make it, I didn’t judge it right away,” GSP said. “I thought something bad happened. Then I talked to some people and it’s a lack of professionalism. There are three partners to promote a fight – the UFC, me, and Nick Diaz. I showed up to do my job and Nick Diaz didn’t, and there are consequences. I would have never done something like that.”
This was going to be the first UFC fight since 2006 for Diaz (25-7-1), who vacated his Strikeforce welterweight title in order to fight GSP. hasn't returned calls to the UFC, according to several reports. His Twitter account @DiazBrothers209 hasn't been updated since Sept. 1.
Cesar Gracie, Diaz's trainer, told MMAFighting.com that Diaz has social anxiety and suggested that may have caused his no-show. Gracie also made it clear that he's not defending Diaz for skipping the two press conferences and that he supports White's decision to pull his fighter from the main event.