Cesar Gracie: Nick Diaz respects BJ Penn because he uses technique and isn't a 'juice head'


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Outspoken mixed martial arts trainer Cesar Gracie dishes the dirt to Middle Easy about his star pupil, former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz, who fights ex-division champion B.J. Penn at UFC 137 on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas.

How did Diaz react to the announcement of his new opponent?

"He wants to fight GSP. He wants to beat that guy up. But BJ Penn is a different story, I think he has more respect for BJ. He isn't a juice head and he actually tries technique in a fight. Georges St. Pierre is the bigger fighter, but [Penn] is the better fighter."

Diaz was originally booked to challenge for St. Pierre's belt in the event's headliner, until Dana White demoted him as punishment for missing consecutive pre-fight press conferences.

Carlos Condit was yanked from his bout against "The Prodigy" to fill in for the Stockton slugger, prompting "Rush" to declare the "Natural Born Killer" a more dangerous test for him.

Gracie responds to that, and a whole lot more, after the jump.


For more on the UFC 137 fight card shuffle click here.

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