Cesar Gracie responds to reports over 'demise' of relationship with UFC's Nate Diaz

Michael Nagle

Cesar Gracie has read the reports of his "demise" with Nate Diaz, and he is not impressed.

It's all good in the hood.

Famed mixed martial arts (MMA) trainer Cesar Gracie was back in the news earlier this week when UFC Tonight reported that one of his star pupils, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender Nate Diaz, had jumped ship to seek management elsewhere.

See how it all went down here.

A few days later, Gracie tweeted that their "demise" was "greatly exaggerated."

It looks to be all smiles in the 209.

It should be noted, the original report indicated that Diaz would retain Gracie's services as trainer, but outsource his career management to Mike Kogan. The above photo doesn't really do much to refute that claim, but at least Nate looks to be in good spirits ahead of his next fight.

Mind games?

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 champ is next scheduled to compete against Strikeforce import Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7: "Henderson vs. Melendez" on April 20, 2013, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

More on that fight here.

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