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| | Cesar Gracie Discusses Nate Diaz vs. Benson Henderson, Nick Diaz and BJ Penn
Cesar Gracie Discusses Nate Diaz vs. Benson Henderson, Nick Diaz and BJ Penn
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I’m very proud of Nate, I was with him today and we brought in some pro boxers to spar with him,” Gracie told BJPenn.Com Radio. “He’s really looking great and he’s getting better all the time. He has grown into his own game and he’s looking really good. I couldn’t be prouder and he’s only going to keep getting better. He eats really good, he works out and he’s a really good guy.” |
“One problem we were having when he was fighting at 155 previously, I mean he had a lot of talent obviously, but I wasn’t seeing the best Nate Diaz come fight time. The weight cut was really hard on him and by the time he fought he was so sluggish. It took him awhile to get going and he began to understand he pretty much was going to lose the first round. He has changed up his diet, he cut out gluten and some other stuff and began eating some raw foods. I introduced Nick to the gluten free diet and he told Nate and it’s made the weight cut a lot easier. He’s got a lot more energy now at 155 than he did before.”
Nate has certainly earned his shot at Henderson and the UFC Lightweight Championship. When these two step into the cage fireworks are sure to ignite and whoever emerges victorious will have gone through hell to walk away with that title wrapped around their waste. Both men are extremely talented and regardless of who you think will win, the one thing people agree on is the fact that it’s going to be incredible.
“This bout has the earmarks of a dogfight and it’s one of those match-ups that people really want to see,” offered Gracie. “If Henderson comes out to fight and not try and outpoint Nate it’s going to be wild. I think both men are going to come into the cage and they are going to go for it, there are so many great fights that night and I’m really excited to see it.”
Gracie is very familiar with BJ Penn having worked with him during the early part of BJ’s career. Penn will face Rory MacDonald the same night Nate and Henderson go at it for the lightweight title and just like everyone else, that’s a fight that Gracie is looking forward to watching.
“The thing about BJ is he has what I’ll call the unknown element to him,” said Gracie. “There’s an aura about him and I’ve been to his fights before, but I felt it for the first time when Nick fought him. We’re standing there waiting for the fight to start and BJ is mad dogging us and I knew we had a fight on our hands. If he’s in shape and he’s training really hard for this fight then I think he can do something really cool. He has all these ridiculous skills and he’s out for blood. If he comes in the way he did against Sean Sherk then it’s going to be a great fight. I’m actually happy that I’ll get to see it. It should be great.”
Both Nick and Nate get a bad rap because they portray the bad boy and people have a negative perception about them, but Gracie is quick to point out the difference between the fighter and the man. After defeating Jim Miller, Nate spoke about Miller’s nephew Daniel, the son of UFC welterweight Dan Miller, who is battling a rare kidney disease. Diaz implored people to help out the Miller family with their mounting medical bills.
“When it comes time to fighting, Nick and Nate don’t want to shake hands or hug their opponent,” said Gracie. “Sometimes you see two guys fighting wanting to hug one another in the middle of the cage. That is not the Diaz mentality, outside of the cage if they aren’t fighting you and you want to be friends with them they are great. That other stuff (trash talk) is what you see in interviews right before or after they fight. There’s a time to turn that stuff off and when they do they are good people.”
Case in point, before one of Nick’s fights a camera crew recorded him teaching a young kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. It was clearly evident that Nick enjoyed working with these children and showed a side of his persona that the public had probably never seen before.
“Nick helps out with our younger students and has no problem doing that,” Gracie stated. “He helps people out and no one knows about it and you will never hear about it. He’ll open the gym sometimes and I’ll walk in and he’s helping some new dude that he met somewhere. He really believes in what I like to call the Gracie Lifestyle which was started by grandfather Carlos Gracie. My grandfather was into training, eating healthy and living life correctly and Nick has adapted to that and it’s how he lives his life.”
Cesar Gracie says Anderson Silva camp ‘into’ Nick Diaz superfight, talks battles with NSAC and Melendez dropping to 145
Cesar Gracie says Anderson Silva camp ?into? Nick Diaz superfight, talks battles with NSAC and Melendez dropping to 145 - MMA Fighting
On what fight interests Nick Diaz the most: |
"We're pushing for the GSP fight. That's what we're going to push for, GSP or Anderson Silva. That's the two fights that interest us the most, and that's the one's we're going for.
"[Silva's] people are into it. We're into it. The fans, I think, would be into it. We've got convince Dana [White] about it now. Obviously the fight that makes sense to them, and I don't disagree, is Anderson-GSP, and like I said, I would watch that fight. That would be great to watch. But let's get real. If GSP just absolutely says no, then what? You can't make a guy fight. That's the thing. And Anderson, if they want to promote a superfight and if the stars align, I think Nick would be into it."
On Nick Diaz's next opponent:
"They asked me, [Josh] Koscheck or Demian Maia. I said probably Koscheck, more people have heard of him at 170. They're both really tough guys though. But ultimately, we want the bigger fights. I could see, maybe, Nick and [Johny] Hendricks would be interesting. That's what I'm thinking if they don't give him GSP, maybe a fight like that."
On the possibility Nick Diaz returns to an instant title shot:
"This is a weird game. It's up to the fans, really. I really believe it. Things change, rules change. You can't come of a loss and get a title fight, blah, blah, blah. And then all of a sudden you see Chael Sonnen, not only coming off a loss which wasn't controversial, like Nick's was pretty damn controversial. I think most people think he actually won that fight. The champions did. Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell, all of these other people, the old-school guys, the new-school guys thought that Nick won that fight and they've told me that. But look, Chael Sonnen gets knocked out and he gets to go up in weight and fight for a title, and be in The Ultimate Fighter house and everything.
"What if Dana White can't make the GSP fight happen? Who knows? Fans demand Nick, and stuff happens all the time. You could see that fight happening. Don't shut the door on things."
On Nick Diaz's battles with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC):
"It's politics. These guys really don't like Nick. He doesn't kiss their butt. He speaks his mind and people don't like that. The NSAC wants to control you. They come on and they say, ‘We're doing this for the benefit of the fighters,' and that's a bunch of BS. They do everything for their benefit and they want to control fighters. They want to be in charge of the game. Nick is against that, he's not afraid to say he's against that, so they want him out. They don't want that guy fighting at all. If they could kill his career, they would."
On Nate Diaz moving out of his brother's shadow by winning a belt:
"No. 1, he's not in the shadow of Nick. It might be perceived that way by other people, we certainly don't perceive it that way here. And with Nate, he's said it before, if he was going to be in someone's shadow, what a better shadow to be under, really. Nick is a true fighter, he's a warrior that guy, and I think Nate is honored to try to live up to that kind of history, that kind of mentality."
On Diaz's opponent, Benson Henderson:
"He's very athletic. I think he has really good jiu-jitsu skills, he's unorthodox, and he gets away with a lot of stuff because of his athleticism. I don't think he's great at any one thing. I think what it is, is he's good at everything and he has the athleticism to make everything work."
On Henderson training to block out Diaz's trash talk:
"That's never a strategy of ours, it's just something that can happen. A lot of people talk trash in the cage, by the way. It's not super loud, you can't hear it. When they're up against the fence, they'll say stuff. But it's definitely not something we'll say, ‘Hey, you've got to get in his head. Talk trash to him.' It's not like that. I think if you're talking about with Nate Diaz, that just comes from his persona. He's fighting someone and he sees it as the same thing, almost, as being in a street fight."
On Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit:
"Both guys came to fight. Condit did too. I wish he would have came to fight to the [Nick] Diaz fight, but he didn't come to fight, Condit, because he knows he would have been knocked out."
If St-Pierre has a chance against Anderson Silva:
"No, I don't think [St-Pierre has a shot], and I'll tell you why. GSP, he's great at 170, I don't think he's the most durable guy as far as taking punishment. Most of his fights are not wars where he's getting hit a lot. He's such an athlete that he can really dominate people, but they're not like, ‘I hit you, you hit me,' in this back-and-forth game. He got hit that one time by Condit, and bam, he was on his butt.
"In terms of durability, Anderson Silva hits you, you're going to know it. And he's a lot bigger."
On Gilbert Melendez's UFC future if Nate Diaz is champion:
"We always have those discussions, we're a tight team and everything. Gilbert has brought up a few different things. No. 1, there's other great people he could fight at 155. The way we would do it is, hey, Nate's champ. And when he's not champ anymore, then bam, you're up there. That's how we do things. Jake and Nick had similar problems in various different organizations, and one guy would move up [a weight class] and one guy would move down, or they're just not going to fight each other.
"There's definitely a possibility he could go down to 145. He was the No. 1 guy at that weight for a long time. That's what people don't remember, back in the day when he was fighting Shooto and he was undefeated, he was just a phenomenal fighter. And that was actually at 143.9, the way the weight classes work in Japan. So I know he can make the weight. I don't think he likes making that weight, but that's the kind of commitment not to fight Nate."
On Jake Shield's mysterious failed drug test:
"Maybe he was hanging out with the Diaz's. (Laughs.)"
11-27-2012, 07:07 AM
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Nate Diaz and Cesar Gracie worried about going to decision at UFC On Fox 5 - Bloody Elbow
Diaz should be supremely confident heading into the title fight against Ben Henderson. However, he explained to Inside MMA that he is concerned about going to decision: |
I don't think I've got a chance of winning any type of decision, so...I gotta go out there and do what I can do to try and finish my opponent; try to be the better fighter and try to win the fight. But, umm, either way - If it goes to decision, I'm gonna to be the one out-scoring, out-pointing. I'm gonna do what I can.
He's not the only one wary about going to the judges either. Inside MMA also spoke to his coach and manager Cesar Gracie:
Unofrtunately, pretty much it is. You know, it's almost like in Nick's case, he figures he's fighting his opponent and he's fighting the judges. So he's gotta finish people. These guys fight like that anyways. They're gonna fight their hearts out for the team, for themselves, and for the fans. So that's not gonna change. And, end of the day, I think that's what we all respect so much about these guys. So yeah, unfortunately, you know, you gotta get those finishes. Or maybe win something so lopsided we get the decision. We saw that with B.J. Penn. I've never seen a close decision where the nod was given to the Diaz's. If it's close they're gonna lose. I don't know why. I think maybe the judges really don't care for them that much.
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