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Morning Report: Nick Diaz blames UFC’s late night flight for open workouts no-show

I won’t sit here and wax poetic about Nick Diaz’s absence from Wednesday’s open workouts, trying to make a major deal out of a minor one. To steal a common phrase, it is what it is, even if the it in question is irrefutably unfair to the other six fighters who wasted their afternoon doing exactly what Diaz wasn’t doing. But what I will say is this: considering how thin of ice Diaz is on — Dana White said as much on the Jim Rome Show — it probably isn’t a good idea to, even in a roundabout way, blame the UFC for his no-show — which is more or less what Diaz did. Would of been happy to show for the fans but UFC got me here at 12 last night. Gorge [sic] lives here! Diaz tweeted around 9 p.m. local time, well after open workouts had ended. Included in Diaz’s tweet was a mobile link to our own Ariel Helwani’s interview with Georges St-Pierre, in which St-Pierre admitted it wasn’t fair that Diaz didn’t have to fulfill the same media obligations as him. So it doesn’t seem like too much of a leap to assume that Diaz was getting a kick out of irking St-Pierre’s for about the thousandth time. But honestly, who didn’t see all this coming. It almost wouldn’t have made sense for fight week to start any other way. 6 MUST-READ STORIES Diaz misses workouts. To the surprise of no one, Nick Diaz skipped Wednesday afternoon’s UFC 158 open workouts, prompting UFC President Dana White to send a warning Diaz’s way about missing any the week’s remaining media obligations. UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was subdued in his response, and in an unrelated nugget, White revealed that Diaz attempted to fight St-Pierre in a hotel back in 2011. Hendricks talks Diaz, Condit. A surprisingly upbeat Johny Hendricks rebuffed Jake Ellenberger’s accusation of dodging him, while offering his take on Diaz’s absence. Said Hendricks: To know that a guy that has done everything he could to mess it up is still in it, it sucks. It makes me think that, hey, maybe I should do that, and then I’ll get the title shot. Jung vs. Lamas. A potential No. 1 contender bout between top featherweights The Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas is set to take place July 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV, on the fight card of UFC 162. MadDonald aggravates injury. Sidelined welterweight contender Rory MacDonald re-aggravated the same neck injury that knocked out him of a rematch with Carlos Condit, according to a report from Sportsnet. MacDonald hopes to return sometime in the summer. Bellator bookings. Two of Bellator’s season eight tournament finals — light heavyweights Mikhail Zayats vs. Emanuel Newton and lightweights Saad Awad vs. David Rickels — are booked for March 28, 2013, on main card of Bellator 94. Both winners will earn $100,000 and an automatic title shot in their respective divisions. Dos Santos vs. Hunt odds. Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is a heavy favorite over Mark Hunt ahead of the pair’s UFC 160 bout, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers. Early lines have pinned the Brazilian as more than a 4-to-1 favorite over the Super Samoan. MEDIA STEW Even though this fight started an obvious pay-per-view grab, it’s hard to deny that it’s beginning to feel like a huge fight. No surprise here. Pros picking GSP – 7. Pros picking Diaz – 2. Georges St-Pierre may not like doing media appearances, but he sure looked like he enjoyed this one. If he wins the title, he’s going to have to come to Vegas and we’re going to have to sit down. And we did this already when we signed his new deal. But, I mean, I’m going to have to tell him, ‘If you miss anything, I will strip you of this title.’ — Dana White, laying out a worst case scenario for Nick Diaz. What do you think, folks? Agree or disagree with the top spot of Joe Rogan’s Ultimate 8: Feuds countdown? I’m convinced. That’s exactly how the Lodi soccer mom incident went down. Thanks, Tommy. DIAZ GONNA DIAZ Would of been happy to show for the fans but UFC got me here at 12 last nightGorge lives here!”¦ ”” nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) March 14, 2013 PROS REACT @arielhelwani @cesargraciebjj @danawhite @nickdiaz209 would u prefer the fight start earlier on sat? Or perhaps later? U tell us. ”” Charlie Brenneman (@SpaniardMMA) March 13, 2013 No show media day, really??? ”” Dan Miller (@DanMiller185) March 13, 2013 You call that whining? @itsmikefagan: Over/under when GSP whines about how it’s not fair that Diaz skips obligations. ”” Jason Highwalker(@KCBanditMMA) March 13, 2013 How bout u put an appearance clause in Nicks contract & just start subtracting figures when he misses shit? #ProblemSolved #MoneyTalks ”” Jason Highwalker(@KCBanditMMA) March 13, 2013 CESAR’S NOW-DELETED RESPONSE We asked @danawhite if we could reschedule open workout. @nickdiaz209 wants to be at his best for this fight. ”” Cesar Gracie (@CesarGracieBJJ) March 13, 2013 ON THE MEND Just back from surgery and it feel great to have it fixed! Be ready to go in about 5 months @ufc @danawhit…

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