You didn't really think this would end so quietly ... did you?
Famed mixed martial arts (MMA) trainer Cesar Gracie, who often serves as his fighter's mouthpiece as well as their head coach, gave his best explanation as to why Nick Diaz failed to appear at his scheduled ‘Super Fight’ against Braulio Estima at the first ever World Jiu-Jitsu Expo this past weekend (May 12, 2012) in Long Beach, California.
You can read that statement by clicking here.
Braulio was obviously disappointed, especially given the fact that he made a very long trip from London to California to attend the expo and participate in the highly-anticipated jiu-jitsu match against one of the top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight fighters of today, only to have him ''run away' in the final hour.
Not long after Gracie gave his statement as to why his student decided to bolt on the event altogether, citing "disrespect" and "lack of professionalism," which left Estima waiting alone on the mats ready to roll, Braulio himself responded to the above statement via his official Twitter account.
Check it out, after the jump.
@CesarGracieBJJ Hi César i was reading yr statement. vry interesting points..
1st- When junior approached me 2 Offer me the fight I was actually training at the blackzilians at the time so obviously I was training Mma. Junior told me abt nick not wanting 2 fight an Mma fighter. I nevr fought before so he said it was fine & y u dnt cancel the fight before if ths was really an issue..??
2nd- nobody has ever bended no rules for me. Because there was no rules set to start off with, it wasnt going to be a UFC match but a superfight on a BJJ Expo so the whole point here was for us to show a fight..has Nick signed a contract that stated the date time and weight that we both need to reach? I didn't. And since this whole thing was going to be a friendly event I really don't see any issue here even if Nick turned up 10lbs overweight. Still when asked I went and dropped the weight to meet the requirement. Actually to put things straight it was myself that called Junior around 10pm Friday to check if there is going to be a weigh in at all. He kept contacting you and got back to me saying I need to be 180 that time, of course I said I can't for the simple reason I was away in Irvine and it was already late at night but I said sure no problem I'll make it first thing in the morning if needed, even if it would put me in a bigger disadvantage I didnt care I just came to fight. Junior had actually called me back no later than midnight that he spoke to you and confirmed the weigh in for 10am.
Besides when did Nick actually weigh in? And who witnessed that if we are being so strict and proffessional?
3rd - you are saying Nick had left by 10am Saturday morning? Why you never said anything then? I even asked you I'd like to see him and his weight and you said he's not gonna come down because he ate already and wouldn't make the weight anymore. And Lana after speaking to you called his room and said he was actually there sleeping. Nobody at any point had mentioned he could have left. Leaving me believing we would fight till the very last minute, now youre talking about lack of proffesionalism in the organisation of the superfight and this was very professional behaviour right?
There is many more points here that I don't agree with but I am just fed up of this whole situation and don't agree for anyone to ever release the blame from Nick for whatever reason, we were there to fight and that's what should happen no excuses, we are both professional athletes and should respect one another no matter what. And this is inexcusable.
Some of the disappointment was aimed at the fact that Diaz was set to donate his entire earnings from the event to charity and that his disappearing act not only affected his reputation further, but also the charity itself.
There is, however, a positive side to all of this madness as MMA Uncensored's Mike Straka confirms that the Diaz camp did indeed make a sizable donation to St Jude's Children's Hospital. Though undoubtedly a very honorable and extremely nice gesture on the part of Diaz, apparently, all is not well that ends well ... at least not on Estima's end.
Whose side are you on?
For more on last weekend's grappling fiasco click here.