Cesar Gracie has released an official statement addressing Nick Diaz’s no-show at the 2012 World Jiu-Jitsu Expo in Long Beach, Calif., over the weekend.
The Expo featured six BJJ “superfights” with Diaz scheduled to compete against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Braulio Estima in the main event on online pay-per-view. When it came time for the headline bout, Estima came out onto the mat, sat down on his knees and waited.
After a few minutes passed, it became apparent his opponent Nick Diaz was not going to show up. There is no telling how many Nick Diaz fans had bought the pay-per-view for the sole reason of watching the former Strikeforce welterweight champion pit his ground skills against one of BJJ’s all-time greats.
There are no telling how many Diaz fans were left let down once again by him not showing up, disappearing without a trace, with no explanation as to why. It is a recurring theme with the 28-year-old fighter. Three days later, his coach, Cesar Gracie, explained what happened:
“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.”
To get a full understanding of the situation from Cesar Gracie’s point of view, it is advisable to read the entire statement at www.graciefighter.com. It basically comes down to Braulio Estima not making weight the day before the match. He did make weight the next day, but by then Diaz had left.
Cesar does go on to say that Nick’s lack of communication with his coach and his team is inexcusable and will be dealt with privately.
It was not that long ago Nick Diaz fans were let down when he failed to appear at a press conference for his scheduled title fight with Georges St-Pierre, and the fans were robbed of one of the most anticipated fights in MMA history.
How many Nick Diaz fans who thought he won against Carlos Condit were let down after an immediate rematch was cancelled when it was discovered the Stockton brawler tested positive for marijuana?
Nick Diaz is one of the greatest fighters the sport of MMA has ever seen. And he obviously makes money fighting. But as far as being a true “professional” fighter — well, it is in name only.
ProMMAnow.com was on the scene in Long Beach for the 2012 World Jiu-Jitsu Expo. Be sure to check out our video interview with Cesar Gracie which took place earlier in the day before anyone knew Diaz would not be competing.