Nick Diaz is sorry. The enigmatic fighter will take on Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 183 this Saturday, but caused a stir yesterday by allegedly missing the open workouts that usually take place on the week of the event. It has been theorized that the UFC intentionally held Diaz out of the event to drum up interest in the card, but Diaz didn't play it that way with the media today. The whole video is definitely worth a watch, but here are some of the highlights (transcription and video via MMA Fighting):
On apparently missing his flight on Tuesday:
"I had to go back home for some things, so I didn't make it here as soon as I would have liked to," he said. "So I apologize to all the fans, especially the ones that were here to see the open workout. I didn't really put too much thought into it. I was just more focused on the fight. I've pulled the same card a couple of times. It's pretty inconsiderate of me. Again, I apologize to all the fans who were anticipating a show on Wednesday."
"I'm not trying to rush anything for anybody," Diaz said. "I got a deadline, I know what that is. That's come make what weight on Friday, come fight on Saturday. Do the best I can to put on a show for the fans, fight for the fans, come in at 100-percent for the fans. If I'm gonna do that to the best of my ability, I'm gonna do the best I can to do that. At this point in time, regardless of whatever obligations I have, for me I'm gonna have to do what I gotta do. I'm gonna say it again: I apologize to Dana White, to all the UFC, everything is prepared."
"When we got to the airport I was like, I think I'd just rather sleep in my own bed tonight," Diaz said. "I think [the UFC was] gonna try to jam me up with a bunch of things, they were gonna keep me up."
What does he think of the UFC using his missed flight to promote the card?
"Sure, yeah," Diaz said. "Go ahead. They're gonna get a show. They're gonna have something regardless. They're gonna say whatever they want to say. They had fun with it. That's fine. They're gonna do what they like."
He also said that he had texted Dana before he got there, but hadn't spoken to him since he arrived in Vegas. There's a lot more in the video, which I'd highly recommend checking out as mentioned above.