It is just staggering! All Diaz has trumpeted for years is how disrespected he has been, how he hates fighting for peanuts, how he deserves to get paid, and how he is going to boxing for the $$.
Finally given The fight for THE title with THE guy for all the money he has been obsessively craving, Nick Diaz flushed it all down the toilet. It is really, really shocking to me. A win or even a competitive fight w/GSP could have changed his career / earning potential immeasurably, and thus the financial quality of his life.
In the end, it's clear he did not really want all of this, or he would have done whatever it took to realize this ambition. If he really wanted it, he would have gotten on his bike and ridden it to Vegas for the press conference.
I guess it's easier to talk sh@t about GSP and what it takes to be "the man" than to step into the crucible of that white-hot spot light that is GSP's (and other UFC champion's) existence, and thrive under that pressure and scrutiny. Nick clearly couldn't handle it.