Article is a compilation of quotes that mmaprime.tv is Paraphrasing from the UFC 137 press conference in Las vegas, NV
Nick Diaz missed several flights and media obligations for his UFC 137 fight vs GSP as a result Nick Diaz has been removed from this fight and replaced by Carlos Condit. UFC President Dana white said that Nick will find out about this on the news and then probably call him back.
GSP is taking the news as a shock, but says he had a feeling something was going on when Nick missed the media obligations.
Dana White said he knew what he was getting into when he made this fight with Diaz. Nick Diaz can’t handle the pressure of a main event fight. It makes no sense beyond comprehension. I haven’t cut him yet, we still need to figure it out. I called Cesar Gracie 3 hours ago and he never answered/returned the call. Cesar Gracie Just called Dana white on his cell during the live press conference. This is crazy. This is beyond insane, to not show up to your own press conference for a world championship fight. I’m not frustrated at all. We fix it like we always do. It is what it is. Maybe Nick Diaz folded under the spotlight. I want you guys to tell me when Nick hasn’t been bizarre?. Who is in the room is really shocked? Dana said he ran out the back door of Cesar Gracie’s house and they can’t find him.
GSP: This is business. For a world title. I’m not thinking about Nick Diaz anymore, I’m thinking of Condit. This just happened a few minutes ago and i have to reorganize my training camp completely. Condit has way more power and diversity of attack than Nick Diaz. Way more dangerous opponent than Nick Diaz. Diaz was the fight everyone wanted to see because it was champion vs champion UFC vs Strikeforce, but not for me. Condit is a bigger challenge
Nick Diaz’s Manager Just called Dana white during the press conference and he answered. Gracie says he agrees with the decision, he is embarrassed and chasing Nick around town..will talk to Dana later today.
GSP asks if this is a joke or a prank after the phone call. Dana says no. It’s crazy, this is a world title. This is the chance to have abetter lifestyle..his life would have changed completely. I don’t like to do this (press) either, I don’t like the stare down and the picutres and I have to do it..I do it every single time because it’s part of the promotion. I don’t like to do this but it’s the contract.