To say that Nick Diaz is one of the more polarizing fighters in mixed martial arts might just be the understatement of the year.
His feet were put to the fire when he was removed from a title fight with UFC champion Georges St-Pierre as a punishment for missing promotional obligations. That incident stirred a hornet’s nest of controversy. Diaz then went on a lengthy diatribe at the UFC 137 post-fight press conference after defeating BJ Penn, likely further polarizing peoples’ opinions of him
His trainer, Cesar Gracie, however, was quick to point out that his charge shows up when it matters most.
“Nick Diaz missed a press conference and he’s here and fought. The guy that went to the press conference didn’t fight,” Gracie said on Saturday night. “Nick didn’t go to what he called a ‘beauty pageant.’ Come fight night, you guys saw what he’s made of.
“Nick was injured and he still fought.”
Check out Cesar Gracie’s video interview with his thoughts on Nick Diaz vs. Georges St-Pierre, and his thoughts on whether or not St-Pierre truly was injured before pulling out of the fight with Carlos Condit...