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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?”
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