Estima & Gracie Discuss Nick Diaz' No-Show
Posted on 15 May 2012
by MMAScoops.com Staff
Braulio Estima and Renzo Gracie spoke today with MMAjunkie about Nick Diaz's no-show for his fight against Estima at the 2012 World Jiu-Jitsu Expo. Check out the highlights:
Gracie on his opinion that the fight never should have been booked: "This was a matchup that I didn't want from the beginning, and they did it. Because Nick Diaz has unbelievable jiu-jitsu. But to match him against a guy like Braulio, it's uneven. If it was an MMA fight, it's a different ballgame. But it's not an MMA fight."
Estima describing his conversation with the show's promoter: "'Cesar told you that you need to weigh 180 (pounds) tomorrow.' I said, 'Hold on. The verbal agreement was 180 on Friday, or 185 on Saturday. It was supposed to be one or the other.'"
Estima on his conversation with Cesar Gracie after he made weight: "[Gracie] said, 'Nick was 180 yesterday, last night,' and I said, 'Where did he weigh in?' He said, 'I saw.' I said, 'OK, you saw, but none of my representatives saw it.'..That was the level of how things were going."
Gracie on his opinion that the weigh-ins should have been done Friday: "That's how all the competitions are. I think it was the fact that I let a guy handle this that he wasn't prepared. He's not used to the fighting world. He's a guy who makes shirts, who makes expos. He was very efficient on that. But on everything else, he lacked knowledge."
Gracie on Cesar's role in the expo: "For Cesar to bring in his camp, he received a big percentage of the expo."
Gracie on what went wrong: "You don't call a guy's room to tell that [the opponent] is going to be 10 pounds overweight at midnight on the day previous to his fight. There's a psychological effect in there. Nick Diaz is a guy that was already giving up too much to fight Braulio, and the next thing you see, 10 pounds heavier. And the other one is so ignorant that he passes that information without even thinking how much damage he can deliver, and it ended up being that."