Dana White: 'Nick Diaz Is Not the Hardest Guy to Deal with in This Company'

Andrew SaundersCorrespondent IIJanuary 23, 2013

February 4, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Nick Diaz beofre his fight against Carlos Condit during UFC 143 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Carlos Codit defeated Nick Diaz. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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When the UFC headed to Montreal for the UFC 158 pre-fight press conference, Dana White must have been thrilled to see Nick Diaz arrive. After all, Diaz was removed from a UFC 137 title fight against champion Georges St-Pierre due to no-showing a pair of media events.

Between Nick's desire to avoid the media, well-documented attitude issues and his open admission of commonly using a banned substance, it is safe to say that the bad boy from Stockton, CA is a constant thorn in the side of the UFC president.

However, White does not feel that Diaz is the toughest guy to work with. After Wednesday's press conference White was asked about the controversial star and his answer may surprise you.

We have 470-something guys that are under contract. And everybody has a different personality. Everybody has a different situation. To say that Nick Diaz is the hardest guy to deal with? There's no way in hell. Nick Diaz is not the hardest guy to deal with in this company.

Perhaps Diaz has turned over a new leaf in his recent dealings with the boss. Either that or maybe Dana has some other guys on the roster who drive him even crazier than the former Strikeforce champion.

UFC 158 takes place on March 16 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A trio of welterweight matchups headlines the card, including GSP vs. Diaz as well as potential title eliminators Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald II and Johny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger.