If Nick Diaz Wins at UFC 137, Dana White is Prepared to Give Him a Title Shot

October 12, 2011
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There’s something to be said for personality in MMA.

Every fighter has their own demeanor and attitude when it comes to things like pre-fight media, interviews, and approach to dealing with their opponents as show time gets closer and closer.

Nick Diaz may be the most interesting character when it comes to personality in MMA. Always brash and never apologetic, Diaz has made a habit out of flipping off opponents and fans, talking trash inside the cage during a fight, and even a few tirades when appearing on media conference calls.

For all the things that Diaz has done in the past, the one thing he did recently by not showing up for a press conference was cost himself a shot at the UFC welterweight title. But now Diaz is set to appear on the same show, UFC 137, but will instead face former champion B.J. Penn with a potential title shot on the line.

UFC president Dana White says that after several conversations with Diaz that he now ‘gets it’ and he has no worry that the Stockton, Calif., native will show up and do all the required pre-fight work the UFC wants him to do.

Whether he shows up and sits in a chair for 30 minutes and doesn’t answer a single question, White just wants Diaz to show up and be himself.

“I don’t want him to not be Nick Diaz,” White said. “I just need him to show up to stuff like that.”

Despite past misgivings, White is also confident that if Diaz is successful against Penn that he could very well get the next crack at the UFC welterweight title against either Georges St-Pierre or Carlos Condit.

Check out what Dana White had to say about Nick Diaz and his shot at UFC gold:

  • LAW OF FIST

    thats cool Dana is the f@#king man. and whats up with the lack of comments in mmaweekly? thay have a way better login system than mmaconnected

  • Null

    Gee thanks Dana for allowing for the potential for a title shot he already should be having on that same event. What a good guy.

    • Cptmats

      He dosen’t deserve shit !

  • wmwalls jr

    He shouldnt get shit. He needs to show he is worthy and do his job like the rest of the top fighters do. I hope BJ beats the piss out of him. Im not impressed by him or his brother.

  • BigGuy

    I hope BJ ends all of this talk of Diaz getting a shot at the title. I hope BJ kicks the shit out of that mumbling fool!

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    What if BJ wins, does he get a title shot? I don’t know that I need to see BJ – GSP again. Would be hard to argue that he wouldn’t deserve another shot if he beat Diaz though.

    • bajafox

      How can you count out Condit so early? What if Condit takes the belt and Diaz does win? Then we get to see Condit and Diaz, that’s a damn good card and worth my $50

      • Cptmats

        I think he was talking about something that cou9ld actually happen ! And Condit beating GSP doesn’t fall in that catagory.

    • BigGuy

      I am guessing we will never see BJ vs. St. Pierre again. At least I hope not!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501891998 josehernandez

    Nick Diaz will beat B.J. Penn. I would never buy a ppv for Penn vs GSP 3. That would suck so bad!! It is very nice of Dana to understand Nick Diaz like that. Not a lot of people take the time to be tolerant of others. Kudos. Penn should fight guys like Florian, Guida, Maynard, etc. That’s it!

  • grimsgrind

    You guys are seriously some uneducated clowns. With Edgar,Penn,Henderson,Aldo,and a list of others, there is some fights that NEED to happen in order to clear some things up. MAKE IT HAPPEN CAPN DANA!

    • shakejunt

      dude, you named 4 guys in 3 weight classes…

  • Karno

    I know there are a lot of people who think Nick Diaz is inferior to BJ Penn, Condit, GSP, etc..But, Nick is a cardio machine and he’s tough as nails. I respect everyone’s comments, but Nick is going to win convincingly at UFC 137. I honestly don’t see this fight going past two rounds. If so, Nick will knock Penn out in the third.