*Photos by Silton Buendia Nick Diaz showed up early to the UFC 137 Open Media Workouts. He and brother, Nate Diaz put on a light sparring show for the cameras, as most other fighters like.
*Photos by Silton Buendia
Nick Diaz showed up early to the UFC 137 Open Media Workouts. He and brother, Nate Diaz put on a light sparring show for the cameras, as most other fighters like BJ Penn and Roy Nelson had posed awkwardly. Who can blame them? Staged workouts are weird. But the Diaz brothers had the attention of the entire room. Unfortunately, for Matt Mitrione no eyes were on him after the Diaz brothers left the mat for his workout. We at Fix admit we didn’t even get one photo of Mitrione as instead we chose to join the crowd of journalists eager to ask Nick questions.
Nick Diaz was well-spoken and easy going, which pretty much dispels all assumptions he dislikes the media. Diaz made it clear he was not happy to fight his friend, BJ Penn but was not the person who signed first. When Karyn Bryant of MMA Heat asked if he and Penn discussed the fight, Diaz said, he only received a message from Penn saying he was sorry what happened about him losing the title-fight and of the situation, but that was it. Diaz also says he regrets having not gone with his initial decision to turn pro in boxing before signing with the UFC. He feels he would have earned himself better pay in boxing which would in turn have given him more money with the UFC. Diaz plans to train further in Vegas before Saturday night’s fight but said he had not been invited to any gyms to train. He is very proud, comfortable and happy to reside in Stockton, CA as he thanked his fans for their support and said, “don’t hate BJ Penn.”
Roy “Big Country” Nelson has finally taken the advice of Dana White, Frank Mir and countless others to drop a few, although here it looks like he may have gone too far. I’m noticing a resemblence to LeAnn Rimes. Nelson faces Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic this Saturday night at UFC 137 and usually weighs in about 265. We can’t wait to see what the scale reads this Friday.
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Source: Bloody Elbow: In on-going efforts to battle with the UFC promotion, the Culinary Union issued this letter to the promotion’s biggest sponsor, the Anheuser-Busch corporation. The letter pleas with Anheuser-Busch to drop their sponsorship.
In on-going efforts to battle with the UFC promotion, the Culinary Union issued this letter to the promotion’s biggest sponsor, the Anheuser-Busch corporation. The letter pleas with Anheuser-Busch to drop their sponsorship with the UFC promotion and cites examples of fighters and UFC president, Dana White spouting anti-gay remarks:
In recent videos, UFC light heavyweight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson repeatedly urged Japanese fans to repeat an anti-gay slur.’ The fans, who do not appear to understand English, repeated the anti-gay slur at Jackson’s urging. In one video, Jackson instructed a Japanese man to say, “Goodbye, I want you to piss on my face.”
In an expletive-filled video rant posted on YouTube.com, UFC president Dana White used an anti-gay slur, saying, “Whoever gave you that quote is a [expletive] and a [expletive] faggot and a [expletive] liar and everything else. He also uttered the “F” word a total of 34 times, the “S” word 4 times, and referred to a female sports journalist as a “[expletive] dumb bitch.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Rampage” Jackson shouted “every conceivable gay slur” at a movie crew member of “The A-Team” who had called him a homophobic epithet. He was also quoted in the article saying, “Acting is kind of gay. It makes you soft.”
In a recent UFC promotional video, Michael Bisping, a UFC middleweight fighter and coach on the reality television show “The Ultimate Fighter,” screamed an anti-gay slur at his opponent. In a media conference call, Bisping tried to. smear an opposing-coach. on “The Ultimate Fighter” by saying that his opponent had a “gay chiropractor” on his staff.”
Joe Rogan, who does commentary for televised UFC events, recently used a homophobic slur while referring to a MMA blogger.’ Rogan also to referred to an MMA blogger as a part of the female anatomy. According to sportswriter Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Rogan then wrote on a blog, “Never did I imagine that so many people would get their panties in a bunch about the use of the word [expletive] to describe a female blogger.”
In August, UFC heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was quoted saying that he would not train with gay students. He was quoted in USA Today saying, “What if the gay person has that malice of having physical contact with me, of staying there grappling? I would have no problems having a gay student in my academy, but I would rather not train with him.”
We request that you stop advertising Bud Light during UFC events until the UFC’s owners make it evident to the public that it no longer tolerates homophobic behavior, and adopts and enforces a code of ethical conduct that ensures that participants in the UFC act in accordance with commonly accepted standards of decency.
And to offer pure legitimacy to the Culinary Union’s claim, openly gay celebrity gossip blogger, Perez Hilton added:
“Ugh! We are not happy to hear about this.”
But I don’t necessarily buy into these claims, ’cause last time I checked, both Dana White and Anderson Silva showed clear advocacy of their friendship with Justin Bieber who I’m pretty sure made her acting debut in this film.
So far as the UFC 137 Media Conference Call is underway, UFC Director of Communications, Dave Sholler has explained to us that Nick Diaz (the newly promoted to the Main Event fighter) is not on.
So far as the UFC 137 Media Conference Call is underway, UFC Director of Communications, Dave Sholler has explained to us that Nick Diaz (the newly promoted to the Main Event fighter) is not on the call and currently the UFC team is underway trying to reach him.
His opponent, BJ Penn did say “he does always show up to the fight… so, I guess we don’t have to worry about that stuff.” Hmmm… Maybe Carlos Condit should be placed on standby, just in case.