Dana White on Nick Diaz trainer: Cesar Gracie is 'damn good,' but he's a 'dick' who plays 'b*llshit games'

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Nick Diaz has been taking the brunt of the bad press in recent days for his pre-fight shenanigans, but is it time to start looking at his head trainer, Cesar Gracie, as an accomplice?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has been riding the Nick Diaz rollercoaster over the past few days, thanks to the top Welterweight contender's inability to play by the rules.

That explains the tension at yesterday's UFC 158 pre-fight press conference.

Speaking of explanations, they have a tendency to vary when you try to find out why the Stockton slugger blew off Wednesday's mandatory open workouts in Montreal. Diaz, who opted for his beauty sleep instead, blamed UFC for dragging him across the border in the middle of the night.

White says the fault lies with Gracie, who coordinates all of the travel and event accommodations for his students, including those that sent Diaz to Quebec. Should we then take some of the recent "bad boy" blame off Nick and put it on Cesar?

After all, this isn't the first time White and Gracie have pointed fingers.

Gracie told media members the upcoming fight against Georges St. Pierre on Saturday night (March 16, 2013) "blindsided" him and was booked without ever consulting him. In addition, he refutes White's claim that Diaz cost the promotion $50,000 by missing a scheduled taping for its "Countdown" special on FUEL TV.

Those are just some of the "bullshit games" Gracie likes to play, according to Dana:

"Obviously, as far as a trainer goes, Cesar Gracie must be a damn good trainer, because look at the camp that he's created. But Cesar Gracie likes to play bullshit games that drive me crazy. But as far as trainer, he's their trainer that's their guy and obviously he's a good one or [the Diaz brothers] wouldn't be where they are today. Do I think it's an act? No, I think Cesar's a dick, that's what I think. I think Cesar does stuff that's bullshit. I don't think it's an act or a shtick or anything else."

There is no denying the Cesar Gracie camp is one of the most formidable in the sport.

In fact, there was a time when Stockton's elite ruled the ranks of Strikeforce with Gilbert Melendez (Lightweight champion), Nick Diaz (Welterweight champion) and Jake Shields (Middleweight champion).

Even opposing gyms like Ben Henderson's MMA Lab consider them one of the best.

Diaz will have a chance to add another 170-pound belt to his collection against St. Pierre in the main event of UFC 158 this weekend, partly because Cesar Gracie instructed him to "call that motherfucker out" following his win over B.J. Penn back at UFC 137.

It worked. Dick or not, Gracie gets his students into the spotlight. Just don't expect White to be happy about it.

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