Diaz tries to show up St. Pierre

Nick Diaz does his best to get under the skin of champion Georges St. Pierre during a pre-fight...

Nick Diaz does his best to get under the skin of champion Georges St. Pierre during a pre-fight press conference in Montreal yesterday ahead of UFC 158. (PHILIPPE-OLIVIER CONTANT/QMI AGENCY)

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to the QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:19 PM ET

MONTREAL - Not only did Nick Diaz attend the UFC 158 pre-fight press conference, he didn’t disappoint.

After Diaz no-showed Wednesday’s open workouts, many were left wondering if the former Strikeforce welterweight champion would skip Thursday’s presser. Instead, Diaz pulled a 180, dominating the media conference and once again provoking Georges (Rush) St. Pierre into a war of words.

Diaz said he missed the workouts in order to rest, having arrived in Montreal late the night before.

“I recommend for any fighter ... to go ahead and sweat out some of that toxic water you’re holding from the airplane,” Diaz said. “You cannot be going to bed with that toxic s--- inside you when you have a fight in the next couple days. I had to catch up on some sleep. I was going to miss this press conference, but I’m here and well rested. I think that is more important than the open workouts. I apologize to the fans that they missed out on that experience.


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