Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher
Is it in Nick's job description though?
Is Nick obligated to attend promotional events outside of press conferences, weigh ins and post fight events?
I think (not saying it is in Nicks contract) a fighter should be able to be a top level fighter and not be obligated to jump through all the monkey hoops the UFC asks... Really, is it required to be spilling your guts on camera to hype a fight and pulls fans heart strings by talking about your dad committing suicide?
Nick should be able to fight in the UFC, fight for main events or title fights and not have to put himself out there on all the promotional stuff the UFC does if he is willing to be paid less.
I have no clue if Nick is obligated to do so or not but think for less pay, fighters should have the option to not participate in media obligations. What other sport requires players to participate in major media obligations if they want to compete for the championship.
Would the NFL boot a team from not playing for the championship because one of the teams QB would not do a promo show?
It seems very clear Nick has anxiety issues and struggles in very public and social environments, true mma is not about the press.
Originally Posted by dbader08
Yeah, fire one of the most entertaining, tough, and scrappy fighters in the world because he didn't want to be filmed doing the same shit he did for the last countdown he was involved in. Great call.
You guys are under the impression that every MMA fan frequents online forums and keeps up with the news on these fighters.
There are a lot of casual fans who mainly rely on commercials and countdown shows to A)become aware of the PPV, and B)get excited enough to order the PPV. Not to mention the ads being seen by potential new fans...
When Nick Diaz decides to be a spoiled brat and skip out on the promotional work, he is costing the company money/PPV buys. And before you claim "so what, if he wants to make less money let him...", I'm going to remind you that he isn't the only person on that fight card. There are other fighters who want to increase their earning potential by performing well in front of as many fans as possible.
The whole reason Nick Diaz was given
the title shot was because the UFC apparently cares more about PPV buyrates than having the legitimate top contender fight the champion. And Nick is always crying about not making enough money. So pulling this crap doesn't make any sense...