Calling Nick Diaz ... anybody there?

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

“Paging Nick Diaz ... Mr. Diaz, Line One please.”

In a far-from-shocking development, the man demoted from a title fight for failing to show up to do a pre-fight media event, almost did it again.

But before you judge him too harshly, Diaz wants you to know it’s not his fault.

“I have big money people like lawyers and s--- who get paid like $100,000 or like a lot of money, to tell me what to do and what not to do,” Diaz said.

Having missed two previous media events for the Vegas bout, Diaz was about to make it three straight no-shows.

He finally made it onto the call — 45 minutes late.

“I didn’t know I was supposed to be on a call today. Nobody told me. It’s a simple as that,” said the 28-year-old.

The Strikeforce champ was bumped from his title shot against Georges St. Pierre by UFC president Dana White after failing to arrive at two live media events.

He was given a co-main event spot against B.J. Penn instead and Carlos Condit was called on to fight St. Pierre.

But with GSP suffering a knee injury before the Oct. 29 event, the Penn/Diaz fight now takes top billing.

Diaz admitted he regrets having lost the title shot. But again, it’s not his fault.

His “people” didn’t let him know just how important those pre-fight hype events were.

There’s little doubt Diaz is one of the strangest cats in the UFC. He marches to his own beat and that will likely never change.

B.J. Penn — who has trained with Diaz in the past — accepts that.

“Nick is Nick. He does what he does. He’s a character. He does always show up for the fight though,” said Penn.

jose.rodriguez@sunmedia.ca


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