The MMA world can be a cruel tease. This past weekend’s UFC 234 was a perfect example of this. The championship bout between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum fell out last second, as UFC main events tend to do these days. Afterward, Anderson Silva and Conor McGregor teased the possibility of fighting the Diaz brothers Nick and Nate on a card in Brazil. That’s just not to be, either ... Nick Diaz made it clear he’s not interested in getting back in the cage, and Nate didn’t even bother responding to Conor’s callout.
So chances of seeing either Diaz competing in the Octagon remain very, very low. But they’re still entertaining personalities even without a fight booked, so we’re happy to announce Nate will be turning up cageside at UFC Fight Night Phoenix to corner Kron Gracie. That news comes to us from ESPN’s Greg Rosenstein via Giblert Melendez.
Nate Diaz will be cornering Kron Gracie this weekend at UFC Fight Night: Phoenix, per @GilbertMelendez. Gracie faces Alex Caceres in his UFC debut.— Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) February 11, 2019
Kron Gracie is the son of jiu-jitsu legend Rickson Gracie and has the kind of killer BJJ resume you’d expect from someone of his pedigree. For his UFC debut on Sunday February 17th he’ll face Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres on the main card portion of the ESPN event. Kron has a 4-0 record in MMA with his last fight coming two years ago, but it was a second round submission victory over Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri.
With a win over a beast like Kawajiri under his (black) belt, we doubt he’ll have much trouble defeating the game but submission-prone Caceres. But if he does need some help, he’ll have Nate Diaz right there with him to bestow the kind of advice you can only get from someone with over a decade of Octagon experience.
Ah, who are we kidding? Nate will probably just tell Kron “Go beat that motherf**ker’s ass, don’t be a bitch!”