Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 1/23/13
I’m not quite sure what was more surprising, the fact that Nick Diaz (Pictured) actually showed up to a press conference in Canada, or that the controversial welterweight top contender was pleasant and engaging throughout Wednesday’s “beauty pageant.” While Diaz hasn’t been shy about expressing his disdain for doing pre-fight promotional activities, enough to the point where he ditched back-to-back UFC 137 pressers that cost him a title shot against 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre, the 29-year-old appears to have matured during his year-long marijuana suspension. “It’s not so bad once you’re here, but I’d rather not do it. I’ll survive, but it’s a little close to the fight to take off from home for me. It’s fine to be here,” Diaz said of his attendance. “I didn’t make it to the last press conference. It wasn’t very professional on my part. I just was ready to fight, I was ready to go to the fight and fight. “I thought that was the important part, but I had to learn my lesson. There’s a
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