'Zombie' on the attack

Nick Diaz, bloodied following his EliteXC fight with KJ Noons, was turfed from UFC 137, then...

Nick Diaz, bloodied following his EliteXC fight with KJ Noons, was turfed from UFC 137, then reinstated as a co-headliner.

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 PM ET

If Nick Diaz ever takes on a nickname, he may want to consider "Zombie."

Seems the controversial Stockton, Calif., scrapper has returned from the dead just days after blowing his chance at the UFC welterweight belt.

Diaz, having missed his second publicity tour news conference to hype his upcoming fight with Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137 in Vegas, was pulled from the title fight and replaced with Carlos Condit.

The tough-talking, contrarian 170-pounder's future seemed all but snuffed.

UFC president Dana White was twice left with a one-fighter promo tour and seething that Diaz would choose to blow such an opportunity.

Fighters have been cut for far less offences and White was quick to point out Diaz was costing the company money with his seemingly reluctant approach to the business end of his contract.

But the Lazarus-like Diaz is back from the dead.

He will fight at the Oct. 29 event, but his dance partner has changed.

Instead of fighting for the belt, he will take on B.J. Penn.

Not a bad consolation for someone who most believed was turfed from the world's biggest fight club.

Diaz, who is riding a 10-fight win streak, seemed unapologetic in missing the Toronto news conference Tuesday, then one in Vegas Wednesday.

In a Youtube video, the former Strikeforce welterweight champ says he missed his flight and complained about how the UFC contract he recently signed stopped him from pursuing his boxing career alongside his MMA job.

UFC contracts are very specific and don't allow fighters to fight for other organizations -- including boxing promotions.

Diaz called his removal from the title fight "ridiculous."

"Now it looks like (the UFC) gets to save some money and I don't get paid and I'm locked into a new contract," says Diaz.

"All these deal-makers making deals. All I know is I'm ready to fight."

The video, shot before White announced Diaz was re-introduced to the fight card in the co-main event, shows a bitter Diaz saying he was ready to make some money and lose some teeth boxing before the UFC dangled the title shot and a restrictive contract in front of him.

But he makes it clear his absence from the press tour doesn't mean he wasn't willing to take on St. Pierre.

"I'm sorry I never made it to the beauty pageant but I've never not shown up for a fight," said the 28-year-old.

"I've never backed out of a fight in my life. It's not what I do."

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