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Cesar Gracie Points to Promoter for World Jiu-Jitsu Expo Fiasco; Admits Diaz Had Faults As Well

Posted on by Damon Martin

Cesar Gracie and Nick Diaz
Following a tumultuous weekend at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo that ended with UFC competitor Nick Diaz no showing his super fight with multi-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Braulio Estima, the fighter’s manager has responded with an explanation of the events that surrounded his exit from the match.

Diaz’s coach and manager, Cesar Gracie, posted late Monday night on his personal website GracieFighter.com, a lengthy explanation as to why the Stockton Bad Boy failed to show up to his match-up with Estima.

According to Gracie, the event was mishandled at several points by promoter Nalty Junior, who organized the event along with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Renzo Gracie.

Gracie states in full his side of the story that unfolded last Saturday in California:

My decision to write an account of what happened this weekend is not to answer to the detractors of myself or my team, as no explanation is owed them. It is instead based on my acknowledgement and respect to our fans and supporters. I never thought I would be answering for something that happened at a grappling tournament, however with the worldwide popularity of the sport and my team increasing, I understand that our supporters need answers.

Below is a compilation of events in chronological order. I included the behind the scenes problems we had to let you, our supporters, know how things deteriorated.

Facts

In the month of February I was contacted by a Brazilian named Junior asking me if I wanted to participate in an Expo\Jiu-jitsu tournament. The goal was to put one of our team’s stars in the event to attract sponsors and ensure it was successful. The event was not that far away and they desperately needed exposure. Junior stated that he was working with my uncle Rilion and my cousin Renzo on this project and they were in fact partners.

Rilion and Renzo are 2 people that I greatly admire and respect and I was more than happy to partner up with them.I discussed the idea with Nick Diaz and he readily agreed to enter in the black belt gi division. He did not seek any reimbursement. Junior thought it better for Nick to do a super fight as he thought this would be more of a spectacle and bring in more attention.

Nick was not as enthusiastic but agreed on the condition that whoever was picked to go against him was not an MMA fighter. He knew even a mediocre MMA fighter would try to use a match and/or victory over him to further their career in MMA. Nick believes a reputation as a fighter should only be earned in a ring or cage.

I relayed this to Junior and he agreed to arrange for a strict jiu-jitsu competitor.

In March I received the disturbing news from Rilion that Junior had broken his agreement with him. Rilion stated to me that Junior was registering all World Jiu-jitsu Expo names under his name alone and was no longer taking his phone calls. When contacted by me, Junior stated that he would no longer honor his financial obligations to Rilion because “Rilion was doing nothing and treats me like one of his clerks”.

He then went on a tirade about Rilion which I interrupted and reminded him that Rilion was my family member and I would not listen to someone speaking negatively about him.

This rift left me in a dilemma. My instinct was to sever ties immediately. Rilion was my original jiu-jitsu instructor and his reputation as an honest person was impeccable. On the other hand we had already committed Diaz and Caio Terra.

Our removal would destroy an event Renzo provided all of the funding for.
I consulted with Rilion who advised me to move forward with the event. He was the one that had brought Renzo into this project and convinced Renzo to fund it. He also still believed in the idea of an American tournament that paid the best BJJ guys on the planet to showcase their skills.

We agreed to move forward without him since at this stage Junior had entrenched himself and his removal was impossible. Lastly Rilion warned me that Junior was not to be trusted and would undoubtedly try to cheat me and Renzo.

In early April I got the call from Junior asking what I thought of a Braulio Estima vs Nick Diaz matchup. I had heard of Braulio and knew he was a formidable jiu-jitsu practitioner. I was under the impression that Braulio competed in the close to 200lbs weight category.

When I asked Junior he assured me that Braulio could weigh in as little as 175 lbs right before the match.
I presented his information to Nick who accepted the matchup and seemed happy to go against the top BJJ player in the world at that weight. Nick started training for the match and I brought up several BJJ black belts to compliment his training.

Looking through some of Estima’s YouTube videos, it was soon discovered that he had in fact been planning on entering upon a career in MMA. We wondered if the match with Diaz was a way to create a buzz around him and get him signed with a prominent organization.

I called Junior who assured me Estima would not be fighting in MMA and that he had spoken with him and been assured he had given up on the idea of ever fighting. Junior reiterated, “Cesar I spoke with Braulio, the guy is in his 30?s, he has a family and doesn’t want to live that type of life at this stage in his life…etc”

I repeated this info to Nick.

A week or so later it was all over the Internet that Braulio had joined the “Blackzilians” and was training for an MMA fight. We had been lied to. Furthermore it was evident that Nick’s sole condition that he not go against a wanna be MMA guy was violated and this was in fact an attempt by Braulio to ignite an MMA career.Nick was to have been accurately portrayed as a fighter returning to his BJJ roots.

He had even agreed to give his entire purse to charity; St Jude’s Children’s Hospital for kids with cancer. If you know the story of Ralph Gracie’s son you would understand why this charity was chosen. Nick’s name having been added to this event had saved it but now it was clear he was to be the patsy, not respected but used.

Despite all of this Nick was still going to compete.

He brought up Kron Gracie and prepared himself. Around this time I was informed by Junior that Braulio wanted to weigh in the day before and not right before the match as is the custom in IBJJ competitions and Abu Dhabi. At the time Nick was about 186lbs so I consented to both guys weighing in at 180lbs the night before.

Nick boarded a plane on Friday for Long Beach having cut 6 pounds for the weigh in that night.

On his way there I got a call from Junior telling me Braulio would not be making weight! ”Cesar Braulio is complaining about the weight cut. Can we have him weigh in tomorrow? He can’t make the weight tonight how about 185 in the morning?”

Nick arrives in Long Beach to the news that there will be no weigh ins that night. As a professional with over 30 fights this was the final straw. The disrespect and total lack of professionalism given him convinced him he was at a circus not a professional event.

At 3:20 in the morning I received a text from Junior that Braulio would in fact make the 180lbs weight class at 10:00AM. With no other option available I said fine I’ll check with Nick in the morning. At 10:00AM Braulio did weigh in at 180lbs but by that time Nick had already left.

Gracie then interjects his own opinion on the scenario that led to the treatment received by the promoter prior to the bout taking place:

Opinion

As a Brazilian I love Brazil but not all things Brazilian. In the last decade I have witnessed Brazilian cronies running the IBJJF and making it impossible for Americans to get a fair shake when competing against their Brazilian countrymen. These cronies have instituted rules to where if you miss weight by even half a pound you are disqualified and not refunded your entry fee.

They gladly keep your money and treat you like crap in your country because they can. One of these cronies (Junior) decided to bend all the rules for Braulio Estima and treat Nick Diaz like crap. Sorry that didn’t work out here.

As for Braulio I still respect him as a great BJJ artist. As far as calling Nick out for a MMA fight, he knows that is impossible because Nick is signed with the UFC and in MMA you have to make weight when they want you to. Not when you want to. If Braulio ever finds success in MMA then he can mention Nick’s name for a fight. Right now he should respect the man.

In closing, Gracie didn’t let Diaz off the hook for his misdeeds, which included cutting off all communication with his team and manager prior the expo’s final match taking place.

Nick is not without fault by any means. His lack of communication with his team and coach was inexcusable. This will be addressed privately.

Renzo and I have spoken and we are committed to continuing with this otherwise awesome event….without the services of Junior.

It should be noted that Nick paid to St Jude’s Children’s Hospitable the sum of what would have been his entire purse.

MMAWeekly.com will have an exclusive interview later this week with World Jiu-Jitsu Expo promoter Nalty Junior later this week to respond to Gracie’s claims.


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  • sb

    As the World turns!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003311915309 georgesperry

    Same crap, a different day. Excuses, placing the blame anywhere but on Diaz. The same fans will be here shortly to further excuse Diaz, At least Renzo admits Diaz is “partly” responsible. Let’s see what his fan boys do.
    Every thjing around Diaz is always in turmoil, yet his nut huggers come in and make excuses for him. Nick is a drama Queen, and maybe another kind of Queen too.

    • b-soc

      Amen georgesperry!! Excuses, excuses, excuses!!! Incident after incident…..of course, not Diaz fault. Now…….lets sing the song…………”bring in the fanboys!!!! Those silly silly fanboys, who actually worship the turd!!!!! La la la!!!”

      • RonnieV

        Aren’t you ths same guy that was sticking up for Junior in a post yesterday?

        • RonnieV

          IMO, every person involved sounds shady! Yeah Nick should have let his team know he was leaving, but it sounds like he was lied to as well.

          Two sides to every story!

          • MrAdidas

            3 sides, Diaz’s side, the other guys side & then theres the TRUTH!

      • RonnieV

        Aren’t you ths same guy that was sticking up for Junior in a post yesterday? The whole event sounds shady!

        • RonnieV

          Oops..repeat post!

        • sb

          Yeah why?

    • robthc23

      I am in now way a supporter of Nick Diaz,in fact I have made numerous comments begrudging him and his brother,as well as his teammates and fan boys that no matter right or wrong support him just cause they like him as a fighter!I like too think of my self as a fair and rational man that will hold my opinions about someone before reading the situation in which I am commenting on!I am going too call some of you out that are just blaming Nick Diaz before truly understanding and knowing what is going on!I will excuse some that are commenting before reading because you have an excuse!Too the ones that read this whole and still try too Damn Nick Diaz for not wanting too be screwed!I thought after reading this that I would be once again bashing Nick,but for once I have too understand why he chose not too be a victim of circumstance!Cesar Gracie is 100% right about this,and if you do some Investigating and research on your own you will realize that this has been a problem for some time in Brazil!It should be also noted that any fighter that would go too Brazil right now for no purse and as part of a love of BJJ deserves some credit!(Not that I know that it’s exactly what happened)!Most people who check current events and stay up-to-date with the world,know that Brazil isn’t too far away from a Civil War within their own country due too drugs!So I wouldn’t be surprised if there was corruption at high level event!I implore people too do some research before letting their hate of someone cloud their Logic and Reasoning!

  • Prodigy815

    At least he gave the what he was going to receive to charity

  • smill0313

    Sounds like some definite shade on the promotors side but cesar in his own words knew there were issues since march yet still agreed to all the terms (changed at last minute or not) all the way up to the day of the match. Atleast he donated money to charity.

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    Ill wait to hear Junior’s side before making my mind up on this one.

  • dathump

    shady promotor or not, If he was not going to fight, he or his managment team should have done a press release before the fight, not after! If the promotor was shady there is no reason for team Diaz to worry about the reputation of the promotor and should have anounced they were out and why. These guys are supposed to be professional. and no professional fighter withdraws without saying anything. If Nick is smart he should stick to coaching and stay out of the limelight before he looses everything to a lawsuit.

    • MrAdidas

      “If Nick is smart” – BAHAHAHAH those words have NEVER & will NEVER go together. Diaz is a LOSER! It’s that simple!

  • MaritalArtist

    I am not a Diaz fan, but I don’t fault the guy for bailing out at the last minute. Yeah, in hindsight maybe he should’ve done a brief press conference for the fans, but he was probably too upset. Plus, he absolutely said he wouldn’t do this to get some top notch bjj guy into mma. Braulio is now a blackzilian? Not cool, very deceptive. Now, I actually think he should fight him in an mma fight, really teach him a lesson. Nick is a top 5 fighter, and would embarrass Braulio a lot more than Braulio would have embarrassed nick in a bjj event.

    • macgrubber

      “but he was probably too upset” – He is a grown man who makes more money in one fight than most people do in a year and hes upset… maybe its me but i dont see what he has to be upset about. Sounds to me like some1 was looking for any excuse to get out of the match. The guy made weight and nick bailed. Sounds like some1 was scared.

      • mich1fan

        Ya your right, he is not allowed to be upset cause he makes more money than most people. Just cause he EARNS the money he does, doesnt mean he isnt human and cant get upset about being screwed around. Ya he made weight eventually, but didnt make weight when he was supposed to. Maybe he shouldn’t have agreed to the fight if he couldn’t make the weight in time. Talk about unprofessional.

        • macgrubber

          EARNS ha nice troll bro. And not everyone throws temper tantrums like nick.

        • MrAdidas

          He’s allowed to getupset, but the fact that he makes so much money, he OWES it to the fans & the people who paid their money to see this joke/ass clown!

  • rsnowbass

    I dunno man…

    Mixed feelings here. SHADY promotion trying to make some money and gain exposure strictly off Diaz’s name and they couldn’t follow through on their end. Classic Diaz…”Phuck em.”

    He gave what his purse would have been to charity so let’s not complain about he “charity” aspect of this.

    Let me add, I’m not supporting Diaz, nor am I a Diaz fan BUT when the promoters can’t get it right, it’s always the fighters who suffer the most and have the most to lose.

  • JRod

    This guy is an awesome fighter, but someday he’s got to grow up… I’m sick of all the excuses people make for him. It’s a freakin’ shame.

  • LAW OF FIST

    seems legit. Nick just doesnt have patience for bull sh!t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gruvalicious Josee Angel

    I love how the haters have all of the answers, if it was GSP or BJ Penn it would be justified. You idiots buy right into the media. When Nick comes back to the UFC and cleans house I will be laughing all the way to the bank because you morons will help the odds in his favor, then you will get more mad about it.

    • phrankthetank

      Right, who has Diaz beaten exactly?

      • http://www.facebook.com/Gruvalicious Josee Angel

        Penn, Cyborg, Scott Smith, Paul Daley, Takanori Gomi, Frank Shammrock, Marius Zaromskiz, Cung Le, Robbie Lawler to name a few in the past couple years.

    • macgrubber

      bad troll brah

    • MrAdidas

      BAHAHAHAH dude we dont need to worry about IF … IF … if it were BJ or GSP … ughh no douche SAC b/c they would never have done what Diaz did, nice try jello cock!

      FYI: you realised Diaz lost his last fight, so who exactly is diaz going to clean house, if he cant beat Condit. Actually, it’s not even the fact that he lost, it’s the fact that Diaz wasnt smart enough to change/addapt to Condit’s plan, so he just kept doing the same thing … doing NOTHING! Chasing Condit!

      Just like most fighters who fight outside the UFC for yrs, when they come to the UFC they fight THE BEST of the BEST & not the B level bums Diaz has fought in the WEC. Who/when was Diaza’s last win over a top 10 WW?!?

      FYI: BJ Penn is NOT a top 10 WW, not even close! If Paul Dailey is the “top” fighter Diaz has beaten, then yeah ur right Diaz is going to DESTROY everyone at WW … BAHAHAHAHA get Diazs scared lil nuts out of your mouth!

      • http://www.facebook.com/Gruvalicious Josee Angel

        Nick not Nate, Nick was in Strikeforce not WEC and if the Streikeforce roster sucks so bad why are they merging the roster to the UFC and why was Nick the Champ??? yes I agree about the game plan crap but he came to fight not score pionts and shake hands like a golfer would. And as far as nut, you can take Condit’s shaft out yer azz!!!

  • johnnylopes

    True Statement… Brasilians hate there own countrymen and all they want is a advantage on everyone **** Brazil

  • phrankthetank

    People are so quick to forget that this isn’t the 1st time Diaz has done something like this. Diaz is notorious for no-showing. Even if it went down exactly like Gracie says (which I doubt), just up and leaving in the middle of the night without telling anyone, to the point where his opponent is on the mats waiting for him and Diaz is at home in Stockton? C’mon Diaz, stop being a damn child. His little brother has fought and beaten much better competition and has never screwed up the way nick does.

  • RubeKegal

    I believe Cesar in this case….he is right about the IBJJF as well. I can’t stand those pricks.

  • RubeKegal

    Also if Nick really did pay St. Jude’s, I have to commend him for that.

    • RonnieV

      Rube, did somebody steal your computer?

      • RubeKegal

        No theft here my friend. I have come over to the dark side……feel a little dirty….like I need a shower or something.

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Sounds like he was justified in bailing although it would have been nice to know before people purchased the PPV stream. That’s on the promoter though.

    At what point did “Junior” become aware that Nick wasn’t going to be participating in the event? Sounds like he knew early in the day (the event didn’t start until 4 or 5pm) and kept it to himself so he wouldn’t lose PPV buyers. That’s fraud. Saw a couple threads on the UG and other places where people are contesting the charges with their banks, PayPal…

    Did the proceeds for the event go to charity or was that just something Nick did? There was a lot of complaining that Nick bailed on a charity event but it doesn’t sound like this thing was ever promoted as a charity event. I looked on their site and there is no mention of any involvement / association with any charity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.pillsbury.5 sc_59fb634279c6a687694dc497ce5d61ba

    Diaz is a douche, always blames everyone else to include his so-called need for drug use. Science or not if there is an advantage to his drug use than it shouldnt be an issue for other ufc fighters to use ped’s if it gives them the same advantage. i wonder why he hasnt been drug tested in all these tri’s that he does, yet lance armstrong “who never has tested positive and is the most tested athlete” is tested all the time. even when he isnt in competition.

    • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

      WTF are you rambling about? LOL

    • rsnowbass

      Who’s Lance Armstrong?

    • MrAdidas

      What division does Lance fight in?!?

  • KBEsq

    How is this any excuse? Just because some other players engaged in less than professional behavior does even mitigate Diaz’s fault. I hate that this story comes out with the inevitable, “well, we know Nick is partly to blame, but other people are too.” No, Diaz is totally to blame.

    If he decided to donate his purse to charity, he should have gone through with this match no matter what. Ohh, his opponent MIGHT not make weight, or will be five pounds over. Who cares. A real professional who actually has character would have not let any of that get in the way.

    • RonnieV

      Maybe in your world. This type of stuff happens in the entertainment industry all the time. Celebrity appearances, concerts, even charity events. It’s usually always a meltdown with the promoter and the star attraction. The promoter should have been catering to Diaz, because he was the headliner of the event. Diaz’s name sold tickets for this event, not Estima. When the promoter backs out on his promises or changes the rules, it’s hard to think any athlete/performer would want to stay on board. I’ve dealt with many shady promoters, so after reading Cesar Gracie’s side of the story, I am not surprised. Do I think Nick handled this the right way, Hell No!

      I do find it funny that a cancelled exhibition match is getting so much attention on these boards. The haters chime in more than the Diaz fans, that is why Nick Diaz is the most enigmatic fighter in MMA! Love him or hate him, you all are paying attention!

      • KBEsq

        If you guys think making decisions based upon whether the scale of fault tips slightly in one direction or the other is the way to go, then have that opinion. I don’t have that opinion. He should have gone through with the deal, and then never dealt with that promoter again.

        When fans/charity are involved, then you should do everything in your power to make the show go forward. You can deal with the drama after.

        • RonnieV

          I agree with you, and I don’t condone Diaz’s actions. I think we all know what happened though. The details of the event kept changing, and finally Diaz threw up his arms and said “Eff It”. He wasn’t getting paid for the event, and he originally volunteered out of good will. He does have the right to walk out on the event, he just did it in poor fashion. I don’t blame him for not wanting to fight an MMA fighter though. He has nothing to gain by that.

    • atmosphere

      Purely based on this side of the story, the promoter is primarily at fault, and missing weight was just the final straw.

      If you accepted a job at a company and negotiated the terms of employment, but then the day before you started work, you were told that you’d be making less money, have a lesser title, and be working longer hours, would you still show up to work the next day?

      …and this is ONLY what they’re telling you. Who knows how else they are or will be screwing you over.

      • KBEsq

        Again, in this context, I don’t think it really matters who is at fault. Because fans and charity are involved, Diaz should have just sucked it up and then dealt with the drama after.

        And I’m sorry, but the job analogy is not a good one. You’re talking about a scenario in which someone is locking themselves into a long term contract that has absolutely no affect on the outside world.

        The Diaz scenario is totally different. It’s only a few hours of his time and some travel, and the event affected thousands of fans and charity.

        • atmosphere

          You’re missing the point. The job analogy was to make the point of negotiating and agreeing to terms only to be told after-the-fact that said terms are being changed at THEIR discretion and at the very last minute.

          And again, though Diaz obviously did not handle this scenario professionally, he was getting screwed over the entire process, and missing weight seemed to be the final straw. He has almost nothing to gain and lots to lose here.

  • Maine2Alaska

    I respect that Nick paid the Charity. But other than that, Cesar should shut up about paying Nick respect.. Does Nick show respect? He acts like a little kid that never grew up understanding what respect is..

  • shereko

    First off, this is Cesar’s account of what happened and its one side of the situation, could be right on could be way off. First off, would be easier to agree with him though if some of this would have come out sooner. “In the month of February” he was contacted, well Nick just fought Condit on the 4th of Feb… so was this before or after the drug test results?? (Feb 10) So, he was finding a fall back to do some competing while on the shelf. Secondly, we all know he’s this “maverick, Stockton, badboy, that does what he wants on his terms, blah blah” pleeeease, well at some point damage control would be smart, so a brief presser the night before stating “this isn’t happening tomorrow because of BLAH and I’d like to apologize to my fans because this one is out of my hands, I’m sorry” would be good damage control… instead it seems to be working for him by saying “I’m giving my check to charity”… a check for what? He didn’t compete… I’d give my check to charity also, he gets more in good pub for doing that in the long run. Also, he was paid in full in advance?? That doesn’t happen, so he got a little sum to put towards charity, plus its a write off. Yes, its great that a charity gets money but, its not like he’s mother Theresa here.

    On the other hand, shady of Junior to bring a guy in that goes against Diaz’s only request… on an athletes terms thats enough to say f it. (though really is it tough to google or youtube “Braulio MMA” and see what comes up? Then isn’t a contract signed?? Just all seems far fetched…

  • shereko

    Yes… I said “First off” twice… pick away.

  • shereko

    “By: Brian Knapp
    Feb 2, 2010
    The Ohio-based Shine Fights promotion on Monday announced it had reached an exclusive agreement with Braulio Estima, one of the world’s premier submission grapplers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Estima — who won the 88-kilogram and absolute divisions at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships — has signed on the dotted line and expects to make his professional mixed martial arts debut at Shine Fights 3, tentatively scheduled for April.”

    So to me that proves that Cesar was lying, it took me 30 seconds on Sherdog to find that… I think you’d want to know before agreeing 1. who he is 2. if he has an MMA background, since thats your only stipulation… So I’d assume since he signed on Feb 2, which was before the Condit fight, Diaz wouldn’t have been approached before the Condit fight… so it would have been easy to find out that he had an MMA contract, and a fight scheduled for April… So I rule it as BS Damage control by Cesar! Cesar lied for Nicky again.

    • RonnieV

      Not sure how this proves Cesar is lying. Did you ever think that Cesar doesn’t log-in to Sherdog? Or maybe Cesar took the guy’s word that he won’t be fighting MMA. What does Diaz have to gain to grapple w/an MMA specialist? Nothing! I don’t condone Diaz no-showing, but the whole situation sounds shady.

      • shereko

        Ok lying is strong, but I guess I’d rather be a liar than a naive dummy which he would be since he stated he was looking up his fights on youtube, if his concern was his fights in MMA he wouldn’t at least look? That sounds pretty naive to not google it.

        So he took the guys word from past March then too? “He then went on a tirade about Rilion which I interrupted and reminded him that Rilion was my family member and I would not listen to someone speaking negatively about him.” …. this is the guy whose word he took??? If thats the case naive would be the best thing he could be…. yes shady on ALL parties. But, 17 wrongs don’t make a right.

  • Triggerman99

    This cracks me up!
    The article on this site that announced this match only has 10 comments in the comment section. But between this article and the one announcing that Diaz missed the match, there’s over 120 comments! I love how the haters show up now to bitch about Diaz, but nobody gave a sh!t about the match in the first place! LOL.
    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m one of the people who didn’t really care about this match to begin with. I’m a Diaz fan, but an exhibition grappling match while he is out of MMA action doesn’t really interest me. So needless to say, I’m not gonna complain or make any excuses. I’ll just sit back and watch the haters whip themselves into a frenzy and pretend they actually had stock in this in an effort to help their cause in hating on Diaz.
    Cheers!
    LOL

    • phrankthetank

      I was actually looking forward to this.

      • Triggerman99

        Yeah I didn’t mean “nobody” in the literal sense, but there was not a lot of interest, and even less talk.
        I would even go so far as to say that if the match did go off without a hitch, there would be no more than 10 or 20 comments about it. But sure enough, if there’s a way to sh!t on Diaz about something, the haters come out in full force to flood the pages with 100+ comments about how awful he is.
        It’s very comical!

        • phrankthetank

          Diaz is a douche, he needs to grow up. Plain and simple. The fact that his attitude sells tickets doesnt excuse the fact that he has a shitty attitude.

          • Triggerman99

            I don’t care that he sells tickets. I don’t care that he has an attitude that some people don’t like. I don’t care that he is a polarizing figure.
            I am a fan of the way he fights and that he doesn’t put up with the BS that comes with the unfortunate side of the fight game.
            If people want to hate on him for whatever reasons, then that’s their burden to bear. It’s just funny to me that there is so much time and effort dedicated to doing so. It just goes to prove that what his detractors are dissing him for are the exact reasons why he is very relevant and legit to the world of MMA. The fact that he is being discussed to this extent (regardless of the sentiment) is proof of my point.
            Hate on, haters! You’re simply proving my point….

      • RonnieV

        Phranky, I was following Ariel Helwani’s twitter feeds from the event. He said it was a poorly organized snoozefest. In other words, you didn’t miss much.

        • phrankthetank

          That’s unfortunate, But I was still looking forward to that match.

  • D-rail

    All his requests were violated, and u expect him to just roll with the BS despite the circus act. The dude gave his own personal money to St Judes, so how is he still a flake? Oh that’s right, he left the fans hanging Tisk, Tisk, and what about the children?

  • hollafront1314

    i would done what diaz did..after all they tried to take advantage of his popularity..and i dont understand how Braulio Estima can keep calling himself a professional when he missed weight..first rule of mma ..make weight!!

    • phrankthetank

      If you listen to estima’s side of the story it’s not so simple. Apparently he was told he either had to weigh 185 the night before or 180 in the morning. No-one was telling him anything the night before so he ended up going for dinner planning to weigh in in the morning, which he did.

  • chronosun

    im so f’n sick of this sorry ass “weight” excuse everyone is making! Yeah in MMA weight is key, but BJJ is MADE for smaller people to fight and defend themselves from other people. Everyone knows small dude fight bigger guys all the fucking time so why is it such a big deal? Marcelo Garcia fights guys like Braulio, and Roger Gracie every weekend. I know the contract blah blah blah well, in most of those contracts if one guy doesn’t make weight he gets fined his purse n the other guy gets to chose if he still wants to fight. Nick just doesnt give a shit plain and simple, he’s a guy who probably wouldn’t have amounted to much or been a CEO or anything; beside his drug operations so anything he makes is in the green. He is a badass fighter but I expected him to show he wasnt afraid of anyone. especially since im a sucker who threw $10 down for that match lol

  • alhmiel

    Nick Diaz is a troubled kid going nowherebut down hill. Gracie is no better nothing but a leech. Gracie got KO’d in 15 seconds by Shamrock and seems to have never regained his senses. Ban Diaz from all MMA events period.