May 15, 2012

Cesar Gracie Explains Nick's Side of the Braulio/Diaz No-Show

For those of you not yet sick and tired of the Nick Diaz v Braulio Estima BJJ Superfight no-show fiasco, this is worth a read: The account of what happened according to Cesar Gracie. http://graciefighter.com/2012/05/world-jiu-jitsu-expo-and-nick-diaz/#more-690

It's quite a long read, but here's the TL;DR at the end of the post:




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.


 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.

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