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Diaz venting on extra paperwork for fighting in Canada

JKhrome12011-04-06 19:35:34 +0000 #1
Extra paperwork creates headache for Nate Diaz, but UFC 129 fight still on

by Steven Marrocco on Mar 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm ET

His hand may cramp a bit more than other fighters crossing the border, but Nate Diaz will make it to UFC 129 in Toronto.

Diaz hinted this morning at problems getting into Canada for an April 29 fight with Rory MacDonald. But his manager, Cesar Gracie, told ( ) the fighter was just venting frustration at extra paperwork he is required to complete before he can travel to the country.

The red tape stems from a 2006 altercation in Reno, Nevada, that resulted in a mark on Diaz's criminal record for disturbing the peace.

"Can someone tell Canada to quit trippin and let me up in there I'm tryin to get paid," Diaz wrote on his official Twitter account.

Diaz must submit a declaration to the Canadian government that discloses his criminal record and his intent to travel into the country.

"It's your name, your number, your passport, and what was your crime," said Mark Pavelich, CEO of the Edmonton-based Maximum Fighting Championship, which often employs American talent. "You have to let them know you're coming, and that's the safest play every time with them."

Gracie said UFC officials requested the additional paperwork after discovering the charge.

"He was assaulted by a bouncer," Gracie said. "The UFC said, 'This might give you trouble going in (to Canada).' Well, he's been there eight times since then, and it's never been a problem for him.

"But just to cover all the bases, they want him to do a little paperwork. It's no big deal."

As for the fight, everything is still a go, Gracie said. Diaz (13-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) meets fellow welterweight MacDonald (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at the already sold-out UFC 129 at Toronto's Rogers Centre. The bout headlines Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" special prior to the night's pay-per-view main card.

For complete coverage of UFC 129, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of

Glenn P2011-04-06 19:38:57 +0000 #2
I think Nate needs some Chronic
JAX2011-04-06 20:04:43 +0000 #3
I hope Rory kicks his ass.....
JKhrome12011-04-06 20:20:19 +0000 #4

Originally Posted by Glenn P

I think Nate needs some Chronic

GST2011-04-06 20:16:59 +0000 #5

Originally Posted by JAX

I hope Rory kicks his ass.....



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