B.J. Penn doesn’t feel disrespected by "hilarious" Nick Diaz

“We had a crazy press conference call where Nick Diaz wasn’t on until 40 minutes into it. I didn’t find it disrespectful; I think it is Nick being Nick, and he’s not gonna change. He’s going to do what he’s going to do, and not do what he’s not going to do. That is cool. I know he will show up for the fight and it will be a great fight in the new UFC 137 main event. That’s all that really matters – who wins this fight and who loses. I thought the whole thing with the phone call was hilarious.” – For more from B.J. Penn, visit Yahoo! Sports

After failing to appear for multiple media obligations ahead of UFC 137, Nick Diaz was stripped of his opportunity to challenge Georges St. Pierre for the Welterweight title and relocated to the co-main event opposite B.J. Penn. Though disappointed with the change in opponent, the move appeared to do little to sway “The Stockton Bad Boy,” as he arrived 40+ minutes late to the event’s scheduled Media Conference Call.

While his tardiness may have angered others, such as St. Pierre, who questioned the Cesar Gracie fighter’s commitment, B.J. Penn says he’s not bothered by Diaz’s less than punctual behavior. In fact, according to “The Prodigy,” he found it “hilarious.” But, what do you think LowKick’ers? Is Nick’s inability to “play the game” a question of commitment or is there just too much emphasis placed on the Pre-Fight “Beauty Pageant?”

Further Reading: Nick Diaz says B.J. Penn is “a lot better fighter” than Georges St. Pierre

Photo: BJ Penn before his fight with Kenny Florian during UFC 101 at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Francis Specker

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Nochoice/ nochoice

    It’s obviously not in nick’s best intrest to not show up or come late to a conference call, but in the end all that matters is the fight !!!
    I think nick is always gonna show up for a fight, it’s most littly the one date he has in his head.
    Next contract, nick’s camp should get a non media deal !

    With media calls ufc should say, maybe nick is gonna come and leave it at that, as long as he shows up to fight it’s all good, that’s what i wanna watch and it’s where nick delivers win or lose !

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Xdecemberguy/ xdecemberguy

    Screw Nick..He’s a unprofessional asshole. I hope BJ kills him and he goes back to strikeforce where he belongs. He thinks his shit don’t stink and he hasn’t proved nothing yet..What a slap in the face to the UFC. Dana should send his ass pack.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Xdecemberguy/ xdecemberguy

    Also what a joke his thinking is…BJ better that GSP. Which fight did he watch? He reminds me of those high school kids trying to be tough after school.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Toxic/ toxic

    nick will show up for the fight, thats what counts….
    every sport will have guys like him, just accept it…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Bjfanvad/ bjfanvad

    What nonsense is this? BJ is a better “fighter” than GSP in many ways. George is a better wrestler and better “grinder”. BJ lost a split decision and a corner stoppage because of his lack of cardio.

    Sorry but I too think BJ is a better fighter.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Scrappymcgee/ scrappymcgee

    i used to show up 40 mins late to class because of blunt coordination preparation time. it would be a valid excuse if you’re allowed to use it

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ryan22/ Ryan22

    Bj is real that’s why he’s on my top mma fighters list

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Movescamp/ movescamp

    Are there ufc shrills here? Unprofessional? Dana White is unprofessional but which one of you jackasses will admit that? Professionals don’t act like Dana White or Nick Diaz. Imagine Dana White working for the White House or G.E. No fkn way. He is a smArt thug thats it. At least Diaz is a fighter and not a V.P.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Computerjiujitsubb/ computerjiujitsubb

    The “Beauty Pageant” is part of his job. I think the guys a good fighter and I’m glad to see him back in UFC but the Dana has fired once and if he can’t play by their rules I’m pretty sure he will do it again..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Abcdefgh/ abcdefgh

    Give your heads a collective shake. The kid is offered one of the most lucrative jobs opportunities around and he can’t show up to sit there for a few minutes and answer questions?!? There is no excuse for that. I don’t care if he has “social anxiety”, put on a diaper and get out there.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Fauxartist/ fauxartist

    Love to watch Both Nickand BJ fight. They have never shied away from competition. Little BJ even fought at heavyweight once. They both bring it when in the ring ( well when BJ is in shape). All that aside, I find it crazy that no one in Nicks camp (Ceasar, Shields, Melendez, His brother Nate or any of the trainers and management didn’t get a fax or list of the itinerary or schedule. No one could say ” hey man, you’ve got this thing in two days or make sure he is available.
    I understand Nick being Nick but he had no problems showing up tolflip off Frank Shamerock when they fought. He finally got his wish, back to the UFC and a title shot in his first fight. WTF?? You are now 28 not 18 man. If not for yourself, then do it for the fans because we want to see you fight.
    I love the way BJ isnt fazed and doesnt want anything to jeopardize this fight. He is taking it all in stride and making Nicks job much easier.
    Hope they put on a good show regardless of who wins.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ryan22/ Ryan22

    You tell em chael.
    Listen to this guy nick he knows what he’s talking about.

    I mean chael doesn’t have any balls so he juiced up like “lance armstrong did”.

    He didn’t have enough money so he stole some.

    He got caught and almost spent 20 years in prison…ratted other people out.

    Lost to anderson…still tells people he’s the champ

    Secretly loves **** …so he keeps getting “caught” in triangle chokes.

    There’s no excuses! Always a way around everything ask aunt chael

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Smeac/ smeac

    the reason why BJ isnt fazed by nick is because this…even though, BJ dont come public with it because nick “the juvenile” diaz is a friend. This is why BJ is not fazed…because he knows the that the hype surrounding Nick is a little too much. He’s good…but not great. If you compare each fighters accomplishments…i think u would agree that BJ is by far the superior fighter…everyone forgets that he is a multichampion(light&welter;)…bjj wise, penn is by far superior…boxing…bj has that one punch ko that nick is lacking….wrestling too….so i think all that hype on nick will go away after this fight…prediction…BJ by tko in 2nd rd.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Movescamp/ movescamp

    Son you must be joking. One fight and nick is done? How many decisive losses does bj have? Nick has one very early in his career. He is the real deal. Bj however, is much more accomplished. He is also older and an entirely different person. Apples and oranges. Nick Diaz is not hype. Watch his ufc losses. They could have been called the other way and nobody would have thought differently. He has great technique wether or not you know what you are watching. So does bj. Hence the spread on this fight. It s even and bookies know odds.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/DaddyLongStrokes/ DaddyLongStrokes

    The internet…..
    where stupid ignorant high school dropouts can talk trash behind a computer screen and feel good about themselves for a couple minutes

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Warheadchief/ Warheadchief

    Well, the pen…IS…mightier than the sword.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Meh/ Meh

    Put GSP and BJ in the cage 10 times and GSP will *probably* win all 10 of those fights.

    I’ll agree that BJ has a more refined skill set, but at some point you have to add it all up. If he were a better fighter he wouldn’t have been completely outmatched in their more recent fight. “Better fighter” implies the overall threat he commands as a summation of all his skills. A better fighter he is clearly not.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Keyboard-Contender/ Keyboard Contender

    Man, your obsessed with Chael you stalk every one of his posts, every time he posts something you go on a long winded rant about some bullsh*t nobody even cares about, WE GET IT! YOU HATE CHAEL! but who gives a crap…..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Japanegro23/ japanegro23

    Again Nick didn’t say BJ is a “better fighter” though. He said BJ is a better all around fighter. Yes BJ is more well rounded than GSP.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Japanegro23/ japanegro23

    Wow. Never thought of that but that’s a great point.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Headxkick/ headxkick

    i think it’ll be close but i just dont see bj getting beat by diaz..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Meh/ Meh

    You’re exceptionally talented at saying things that sound like arguments but actually mean nothing.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Fauxartist/ fauxartist

    Here are five of BJ’s losses and I didnt look them up! Hughes, Edgar twice, GSP, and Lyoto Machida in Japan at Heavyweightt. YES Heavyweight. All current or former Champions at 3 different weights. The competition speaks for itself IMO.