Cesar Gracie on Diaz vs. GSP: UFC Said Give Up Boxing, We’ll Give You GSP

June 1, 2011
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Cesar Gracie and Nick Diaz

Cesar Gracie and Nick Diaz

Ever since UFC 129 ended, the rumors of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre taking on Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz have been all the talk.

On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White made the fight official, announcing that the pair will square off on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas as the main event for UFC 137.

Now that the fight has been announced, the puzzle pieces have been put together to form the full picture of what happened when Nick Diaz and his manager and trainer Cesar Gracie met with White in Las Vegas.

As it turns out, taking boxing off the table in favor of facing St-Pierre was the only enticement Diaz needed, and he signed on the dotted line.

“Absolutely. We would have not given up boxing if they had not offered GSP. The conversation was give up boxing, we’ll give you GSP,” Gracie revealed when speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.

Diaz was set to face boxer Jeff Lacy in a match-up this fall, but the Stockton, Calif., native ultimately got the challenge he was looking for to remain an MMA fighter for a little while longer.

Gracie says it was always that simple because Diaz just wanted to face the best, and when it comes to the welterweight division in MMA, there’s none better than GSP.

“It’s that simple. Nick wants challenges, he wants big fights, he wants to get to the next level, and the only way he was giving up the Lacy fight was if they offered him GSP,” Gracie said.

As far as roadblocks that existed, Gracie denies that there were that many problems in getting the fight done in the first place. A few details remain in the shadows, but overall he says the fight was offered and accepted, and now it’s been announced.

“That whole thing was complete misinformation. I kind of laughed when I saw that cause I knew the fight was happening,” Gracie revealed when rumors about the fight not happening because of issues raised about a Strikeforce fighter coming to the UFC.

“It was a reality, we just had to clear a couple of things, do things the right way. We’re very excited about it. GSP is about to encounter a true fighter.”

St-Pierre last fought Diaz’s teammate and close friend Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto. Following that fight, Shields immediately spoke up for Diaz to get the next crack at GSP.

This will be Diaz’s first appearance in the Octagon since UFC 65 in October 2006 when he TKO’d American Top Team fighter Gleison Tibau.

When he returns, Diaz plans on leaving the Octagon with gold around his waist.

“I’m looking forward to Nick making his triumphant return to the UFC,” Gracie said. “And becoming UFC champion.”

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  • collideoverme

    This better be for both belts. If they are going to pit champion vs champion it should definitely be to make a unified champion. It’s what’s going to happen eventually.

  • ShockednAwed

    I wonder how Shield feels about his coach and mentor saying “GSP is about to encounter a true fighter.”

    We just saw this mouthpiece disproven in Toronto – I can’t wait to see another member of his minor-league stable left looking hopeless.

  • afk

    They won’t be unifying anything. The UFC will slowly pull all of the major talent, in the ring and behind the camera, out of Strikeforce and then sink the brand once all of their contracts are finished with television promoters and sponsors, etc. That’s the smart thing to do and it’s been the plan from the beginning whether UFC management wants to admit it or not.

    Not a hater, either, just seems like the most logical thing to do over the next couple of years. Don’t unify the belts, unify the sport and the rest comes naturally. One of the problems boxing has had is the unnecessary amount of organizations that award belts and titles.

  • factorfake

    Diaz via gogoplata, round 4

    • MrAdidas

      factorfake: Yeah, you mean just like Shields was going to take GSP down, mount him & then submit him?!? Everyone has a gameplan until they get hit or until they’re in the Octagon & realise “this guy is WAYYY out of my league – now what?”. GSP’s oponents after being face to face with him… Just try & survive, for as long as I can. AUSECOURS!!!

  • Cswan101

    DIaz is going to beat down gsp i dont see it going past the 3rd round..bet on it

    • MrAdidas

      Cswan101: I WILL SO TAKE THAT BET – YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!! “Diaz is going to beat down GSP” BAHAHAHA, how so genius? B/C hes fought B level fighters for the majority of his career & when Diaz did fight world class fighters like Riggs, Parisian & Diego Sanchez, he LOST!

      Diaz lost to K.J Noons & barely beat him in the rematch… by decision. Yeah GSP sure is in trouble. MORON!!!

  • Unador

    One could argue Diaz has better stand up than GSP. But that will only lead to GSP takedowns and point scoring, fight winning ground and pound. GSP ‘may’ not attempt a submission that would cost him position considering Diaz’s long limbs and bjj abilities.
    I seriously doubt a win for Diaz, certainly not by a ‘gogoplata’.
    And I haven’t witnessed any punching power from Diaz capable of knocking GSP out.
    I’m not sure if Diaz could pull it off even if he punched GSP behind the ear the way Serra did.
    Punches in Bunches isn’t going to have an adverse effect on GSP without any power behind them.
    BJ Penn has better stand up than Diaz and GSP handled that well enough, twice.

    GSP wins.

    • temecguy

      Just like “bunches of punches” had no effect on Paul Daley or any other Diaz victim? But I do agree with the rest of your comments. GSP will make another boring fight with lay-n-pray; shitty because everyone waiting for this fight want to see something exciting…..

    • MrAdidas

      LOL – very nicely said, especially the comment about the gogoplata!!! What a douche sac!

  • Disciple777

    GSP wont play Diaz game like the other tomato cans he has beat on. Everyone a guy who would stand so Strikeforce could sell a contract to Showtime. The “Champs” in the Gracie Stable are as good as the guy they beat for the belt…..not one could or did survive there stint in the UFC….thus they arent champions. And GSP can stand with Diaz…..so quick to forget GSP has battered some of the best “STand Up guys out there, sent them to the hospital for surgery….more than one guy……so put away your short memorys, just like people did to Fedor….undefeated for 10 YEARS and as soon as he looses every one knew it was comming….lol…..chumps….ive been doing real MMA for 20 years…Bruce Lee invented it….. its called Jeet Kun Do or Jun Fan if you like, but say it with some Go- Da- respect in your voice, because he invented the UFC not any Gracie…….concider this dicusssion a wwwwrapppppppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MrAdidas

    “We’re very excited about it. GSP is about to encounter a true fighter” – BAHAHAHA way to spit on your golden boy Jake Shields while he’s down, after getting owned by a one eyed GSP!!! What LAME ASS excuse will Cesar make for his moronic comment? it doesnt matter b/c the damage has been done. Apparently Cesar praises his fighters when they’re winning, but as soon as they lose, they’re not considered “a true fighter”.

    I dont know whats funnier, the fact that Shields is twice the fighter Diaz is, or the fact Cesar actually thinks Diaz “is a true fighter”… compared to whom?!? Apparently John Fitch, Thiago Alves, Josh Koscheck, Matt Hughes, BJ Penn & Jake Shields arent “true fighters”. Though, Diaz has fought nothing but the Worlds Best WW fighters/”true fighters” according to Cesar… ugh yeah sure thing there Cesar -whatever you say. I guess hes got a point when you see the “Star Studed” list of oponents Diaz has fought over the last few years, such as… Paul Daley, Evangelista Santos, K.J. Noons, Hayato Sakurai, Marius Žaromskis, Scott Smith & Frank Shamrock. WOW 1 top 10 (Paul Daley) @ #10, which is funny IMO, but hey.what can you do? Even more impressive is that DIAZ has won an impressive 10 straight fights, but what’s not so impressive is the skill level of those oponents he’s fought – compare that to GSP’s resume… Fitch, Shields, Alves, Koscheck & BJ Penn. Hmmm, it’s a coin toss on whos got the better stats, according to Cesar Gracie. (wink – wink)

    I wonder if Diaz is going to use the same gameplan Shields attempted Vs. GSP?!? It worked wonders for Shields. Take GSP down, mount him & then submit him? Its that EZ! Take him down, mount him & submit him – see EZ!

  • Laytonvillan

    This is gonna be sick! Nick is going to force GSP to fight. George won’t be able to play it safe cause Nick will be in his face the whole time. GSP will not want to stand up so he will have to go for the take down. Once he gets it to the ground he will still be introuble, Diaz is nasty off his back! I see Nick shocking the world and bringing the belt back to Nor Cal…..The only way GSP win is to hold Nick down for 5 rounds and that I’m sure will be the game plan!!! SAFE and BORING like most of GSP’s fights….I just don’t see him being able to hold on to top position for 5 rounds without getting caught in a submission! This will be coming home party for Nick Diaz as he returns to the octagon and gets Belt and shocks the World……..Nor Cal for LIfe……WAR DIAZ!!!!