The UFC announced earlier today that only one half of the main event of UFC 183 made it to open workouts. UFC President Dana White went on Jim Rome’s radio show to detail the events leading up to the open workout,
“Nick is being Nick. We don’t know where Nick is. I literally Instagram’ed a picture of him on a milk carton today. He’s M.I.A.,” White said. “First of all, we have a show called UFC Embedded, they showed up there Sunday to start filming him — couldn’t find him. We went through his management team and they set it up, they said ‘what we’ll do is we’ll set up a team dinner, you guys can film at the team dinner.’
“None of them showed up at the team dinner, then nobody answered their phones when the guys started calling. So then yesterday Nick was supposed to land in Las Vegas at 2:20. He missed his flight. His management team called and said, ‘book him another flight at 7:30.’ Not only did he miss the first one, he missed the second flight. His bags made it to Vegas and he never did.”
As reported by Bloody Elbow, conflicting reports say that Nick has been in Las Vegas the whole time and just didn’t bother to be there. Others seem to point to a ruse, and still others to a classic Nick Diaz approach to pre-fight press. If Nick Diaz really happened to miss open workouts again, who would it surprise? After his time away from the octagon, the missed open workout of UFC 183 finally starts to feel like a real Nick Diaz homecoming…in his own way.