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Braulio Estima Responds to Cesar Gracie’s…Response, And it Ain’t Pretty

(An artist’s depiction of what may have happened had Nick Diaz not been a complete space-case.) 


We can’t be the only MMA news outlet that is getting tired of Nick Diaz’s inability to accept responsibility for his actions, or at the bare minimum speak up when his inability to do so is called into question. The man is one of the most entertaining and plain intimidating fighters in the game today, yet the only thing that seems to be holding him back is this ever-present sense of adolescent rebellion. And it looks like were not the only ones sharing this frustration.

You know the story by now. After no-showing for his BJJ superfight against Braulio Estima, Diaz went back into hiding, opting to have coach Cesar Gracie do his talking for him. In an incredibly long letter, Gracie claimed that a “lack of professionalism” on Estima’s part (ie. an inability to make the required 180 lbs.) was the reason for Diaz’s decision to pull out, even though Estima claimed to have made the required weight on the morning of the fight.

This was enough to set off a “fed up” Estima, who responded to Gracies claims with his own statement.

@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.

I don’t know about you guys, but there seems to be so much “he said/she said” drama surrounding what was supposed to be a friendly charity match that I’ve really gone past the point where I give a shit about the match that was suppose to happen in the first place. Nick Diaz is being Nick Diaz, and why anyone would expect otherwise is beyond me. Whether or not you will place the blame on Diaz or Estima for this blown opportunity likely depends on how much of a Diaz enthusiast you really are, and I’m not going to try and change anyone’s mind. Like I said, the guy is a fantastic fighter. I just wish he would grow the fuck up.

-J. Jones

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BaghdadBob- May 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm
Hmmm... I "he-said/she-said" credibility match between a Diaz brother and Estima? That's an easy win for Estima.
linzhancc- May 17, 2012 at 9:22 am
dranokills- May 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm
3 important notes:
Yo FBF tel it like it is brother.
I am glad Karma isn't in here embarrassing himself trying to make anyone believe Nick is not at fault anymore.
If Nick never fights again, it will be to soon for me. I have been done with his stupid ass for a long while now. Stay retired you burn out freak.
towelie- May 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm
Braulio is the dumb. your moment has passed. should have made weight. you missed an opportunity to showcase your lopsided skills against a big name. good luck getting KTFO'd in mma.
Mofo- May 16, 2012 at 9:29 am
Nick D. Ass
DangadaDang- May 16, 2012 at 9:43 am
I can't believe I've never seen that one before. Touche.
Cronk- May 16, 2012 at 7:05 am
This was a charity BJJ exhibition match. Jesus, just grapple for 10 minutes.
Tenseman- May 16, 2012 at 5:17 am
I think Mr. Diaz had gone as long as he could without smoking some medical dope.... and to paraphrase Afroman I was goin' to superfight but then I got high, laaa da ta.
fatbellyfrank- May 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm
The truth is out there, unfortunately, no-one gives a fuck anymore
holeeball- May 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm
What an idiotic piece of drivel. There's no fucking contract... it's an expo to show a fight but it is real. No contract but Estima went ahead and dropped the weigh ?? WFT this sounds like M1 Global type deal
Rhinoboy227- May 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm
I am done supporting Nick Diaz!!! What an ASSHAT!!!!
Japanadian- May 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm
"has Nick signed a contract that stated the date time and weight that we both need to reach? I didn’t."
so what he's saying is that nick doesn't have to fight if he doesn't want to, he's not under contract to do shit.
also why was he trying to make weight if they had no weight limit
Fried Taco- May 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm
Well, besides the fact that it was advertised to the people attending and paying to watch on the internet, no, Nick didn't have to fight. I guess that is why he is not being fined for not showing up. Braulio was trying to make weight because Nick had stipulated it as a condition for the fight. The other superfights didn't have weight limits. So Braulio makes weight like Nick asked, and then Nick skips town.
RwilsonR- May 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm
Uh, not sure that's what he's saying there at all. There was a contract to fight, just not a contract with an agreed upon weight or weigh-in time. He explained he was making weight out of courtesy. Whether he's telling the truth or not, I don't know. But your points are easily answered within his statement.
RwilsonR- May 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm
Was replying to our canuckanese friend, not you Fred.
FilmDrunk- May 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm
Diaz gonna Diaz, and Brazilians will be Brazilians.
DangadaDang- May 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm
I hate to play spoiler here but.....MCKENZIETINE BABY!!!!
smellypiratehooker- May 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm
Where you at Nick? Where you at motherfucker!
El Guapo- May 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm
If you don't give a shit why even bother with the article? Fochune cookie saaay, "Brack kettre reave brack pot arone."
DangadaDang- May 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm
I wrote this article in the literary style of Nick Diaz. Just kidding, he can't read or write.
holeeball- May 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm
I guess that would make you an absolute genius.
El Guapo- May 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm
"It's like, yeah, be that as it may, you know. But don't say you don't care if you do. Whatver, you kow. I dunno."
The12ozCurls- May 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm
You should have seen all the Diaz supporters at the Expo walking around in their "WAR DIAZ" and "DIAZ 420" shirts. Then there was a big METAL MULISHA booth set up. The only problem was, the booth was completely empty with the exception of a sign w/ Nick & Nate's faces that said "Signing Autographs from" then the rest was blank. For the record, the people sporting the Diaz shirts were between the ages of 15-20. I don't know if that matters but Diaz definately has a demographic.
Caralho- May 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm
Any/every point made by Cesar was blown to bits by Braulio's response. I'd love to see this match actually happen now that there's bad blood, but it's doubtful that it will.
thebrodstar- May 16, 2012 at 1:58 am
It actually sounds like Braulio and Cesar's camp had a middle man in between them. That Junior guy that promoted the event itself was supposed to be a shady character. So Cesar's point could still stand.

The two camps could have been played against each other to take the heat off of this Junior guy. There isn't many honest people in the MMA business.