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Cesar Gracie Says Diaz Willing to Fight Mayhem in January, But Not at Middleweight

(Diaz insists all negotiations be handled through the proper channels. PicProps: CombatLifestyle.)

Don’t fret homies, Nick Diaz is totally down to fight Jason “Mayhem” Miller in the Strikeforce cage just as soon as that organization actually gets around to offering him the fight. So said Diaz mentor and trainer-to-the-stars (seriously, any stars) Cesar Gracie during an appearance on MMA Junkie Radio this week. One problem: Gracie said Mayhem can’t make welterweight and Diaz damn sure isn’t going all the way up to 185-pounds to fight him, so CEO Scott Coker (or maybe somebody who really wears the pants in Strikeforce) is going to have to figure out a catchweight. Any implication to the contrary is just Miller running his mouth, Gracie said.

"If that fight was offered, yeah, we’d probably take that fight," Gracie said. "We’d just have to look at what weight class it’s going to be in and apparently, Mayhem can’t make 170. We’re not going to accommodate going to 185 … That fight just hasn’t been offered to us in an official manner yet. I know Mayhem goes on his websites and (says) Nick is ducking him and everything.  It’s kind of hard to duck someone when you haven’t even been offered the fight. It’s just Mayhem talking about that. Until it’s been offered, you can’t say yes or no."

You know it’s serious when the Scrap Pack busts out the thesaurus and starts throwing around words like “accommodate.” Nonetheless, coming from an unbiased, down-the-middle source like Gracie we can only assume this information is on-the-level. Not that Gracie would tell us if it wasn’t. Anyway, the BJJ guru who himself once fought for Strikeforce says Diaz’s camp is targeting a possible Jan. 29 date for the Mayhem fight.

"I was talking to Strikeforce a little bit about it today," Gracie said. "No opponent has been named or anything, but (Diaz) is going to fight on that date. Hopefully Fedor will be (on the card) too. It could be a really exciting time."

Wait, a card that includes both Fedor and Diaz vs. Miller? Well, that sounds like an impossible dream. Forgive us if we mark that one on our calendar in pencil, since we don’t believe for one moment that Strikeforce could make something of such magnitude actually occur.

For his part, Gracie echoed the sentiment of his prized pupil in voicing pure befuddlement that Diaz would even be expected to fight Miller. Ever since Gracie’s boys threw him a boot party at Strikeforce: Nashville, Mayhem has been telling anyone who will listen that the welterweight champ is afraid to fight him, but this week the trainer did his best to further the notion that a bout with Miller is simply somehow beneath Diaz.

"Being the champ of ‘Bully Beatdown’ doesn’t really make you a contender," Gracie said. "It doesn’t. If he were beating people that are important, yeah (it would make sense). But the champ doesn’t need to move (up) in weight because someone says, ‘Don’t be scared, homie.’ "

True. Those are just words and words don’t necessarily call for action. They do however call for any self-respecting champion to throw a water bottle at that person when he sees them backstage.

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Sudos KFC- November 23, 2010 at 7:54 pm
Mr misanthrophy...i get it and dig on your style dude. @ dano I get ya now man and can agree with ya. 180 is fair.

can. you. dig it!
Mr_Misanthropy- November 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm
Naw, I'm a dropout. Does anybody else get the feeling that most of you don't get my sense of humor? Fortunately for me I don't really seem to mind.
Barry Mckockenner- November 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm
I think if u are Nick Diaz and u think ur bad enough to jump on Mayhem along with all ur buddies inside the cage in front of national tv .. you should be bad enough to fight him at ANY weight class .. that was a chump move on his part .. "Fuck u Meyhem im gonna beat ur ASS!! (but only at 175 lbs)" ... thats undebatable bullshit right there!
danomite- November 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm
I'm not saying anyone in particular was saying that. It's just that alot of people have been calling GSP out and saying he should fight Anderson at middleweight and now a lot of people are saying that Nick Diaz shouldn't fight Miller at middleweight. I just hope it's not the same people saying both things.

The difference between miller and diaz is that miller can't come down to 170 anymore while nick diaz probably weighs close to 185 right now. I don't think I ever said it should be a fight at middleweight either. They should fight at a catchweight to keep the size disadvantage to a minimum and 180 is a weight that Diaz has fought recently at. I'm sure Mayhem can find a way to lose an extra 5 lbs between now and January. That's why I said that if the fight doesn't happen then everybody, Diaz and Miller included, are out of excuses.

Sudos KFC- November 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm
Danomite...who has ever said that? Because thats the stupidest thing I have ever heard. And diaz says no to fighting in someone elses weight class ONE TIME and suddenly he is a fight ducker? lmfao.

Miller says diaz has to meet him at his weight because he has fought there before, yet wont fight him at a weight HE has fought at before. Hmmmmmm. Even making it seem like diaz requesting a certain weight JUST LIKE HE IS DOING is somehow a character flaw. Thats hypocrisy and totally illogical. Then he wont even do a catch weight right in the fucking middle? Now who exactly is holding this thing up?

Both of them. Because they are fucking prize fighters. And they are simply engaging in the type of negotiations that are designed to increase their chances for winning the fight. Miller likes his chances at 185 and diaz like his at 170 and they are both right about those assumptions yet one is willing to meet the other 1/2 way yet is still called out by totally clueless mtv fans and/or 15 year old boys with no business sense or real world experience.
Titos Head- November 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Is that fucking Bill Goldberg in there?!!?
Almost North- November 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm
Anyone else get the feeling Mr Misanthropy is wasting a really expensive college education on us?
Mr_Misanthropy- November 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Don't be recalcitrant, Homie.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm
I dont think St.Pierre or ANY CHAMPION should have to go up in weight because he cleans out a division or because someone wants to fight him. I think its the promotions job to bring more talent into their organizations, it is not a champions job to go up in weight because he has nobody left to fight or because some retard with a television show wants more ratings and thinks he can sell a fight and hit more of his target audience. No sorry thats not how it works. Like the guys telling Aldo after just getting the belt what not even a year ago? To move up in weight. I didn't know they stacked stupid that high. Oh well.
ccman- November 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm
Strikeforce actually make a fight? Lmfao.

Next you would want them to actually promote it and avoid anything embarrassing as well.
howardsternspenis- November 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm
you also never quote ben stiller movies...but seriously, set on fire, and kicked in the dick 100 times...
Almost North- November 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm
^ I think that sort of epic retardation is the best defense of Diaz I've heard all day. You never go full retard.
howardsternspenis- November 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm
i seriously hate these diaz idiots. i dont care what weight they do it at, but this fight needs to happen. nick diaz is the dumbest motherfucker on earth and what the hell happend to his nose? that thing is seriously jacked up. i hope he crashes his bike into a wood chipper while smoking a blunt. he is the only fighter that i hate more than Cock Fuckner. im gonna pull a frank mir and say that i hope nick diaz dies a horrible death in the cage, and hopefully, somehow, he gets set on fire and kicked in the dick 100 times while hes in there. fuck i hate that assclown...
danomite- November 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm
I hope all these people saying Nick Diaz shouldn't have to go up in weight to fight Miller aren't the same ones who say that GSP is ducking Anderson Silva by not going up to Middleweight. Because that would be stupid. Speaking of Anderson Silva, twice he was a champion who went up in weight to fight a challenger and no one had a problem with that. He didn't even have a legitimate reason to go up in weight like Diaz does.

As much as I dislike BJ Penn for being a whiny egomaniac, he acts the way Diaz talks. Diaz talks like a tough guy who isn't afraid to fight anybody at anytime, but when it comes time to actually do it he hides behind weight classes. BJ Penn actually does go up in weight and tries to find tough fights. I mean, after the asswhooping he took in their second fight he still wants another shot at GSP.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm
Jorge Gurgel should stick to Jujitsu Tournaments. ^.^ Nothing more Nothing less.
Kimbos Bread- November 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm
@ Almost North

I'm in (for Coker screwing this one up).
Sudos KFC- November 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm
yeah but each fight is different. Some guys arnt as good so its not as big of a sacrifice to give them the weight. ala Shamrock or smith. That is NOT the case with mayhem. he is too good to also give up all the weight and recognizing that isnt being a pussy thats called having a fucking strategy to your career. When someone is equal in skill with you you dont give them 20 extra pounds, if they are less than you then you have more freedom with your matchups.

TBH the only reason he prob took those fights so high was because 1. strikeforce really wanted him too. 2. he KNEW the added weight probably made it a fairer fight than otherwise.

Plus, he went ABOVE AND BEYOND his call as a fighter to fight that high, that is a BONUS for his career AND US AS FANS. Its not the new standard for what weight he is duty bound to take now regardless of situation. Thats like letting your friend borrow your car twice then having him call you a selfish pig for not letting him use it every single time he wants it.

You guys obviously have never once fought because why would you just willingly make it easier on your opponet? Just give in to all his demands and give him the edge in the fight because he is riling up pussys from MTV and the internet? Thats the equivalent of jorge gurgel just standing and banging so nobody questions his manhood.

GroundFighterMMA- November 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm
I defy Strikeforce to make a fight happen that I actually want to see.
pepe- November 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Diaz fought 2 times last year in 183 lbs
Mayhem would be happy to fight at 183 lbs

Almost North- November 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Brock should totally cut to GSP's weight. He wrestled at it sophomore year in high school so we all know he could make it.
PortlandMMA- November 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm
I think the hilarious thing about Mayhem's argument is that he thinks Diaz is a pussy for not wanting to go up to 185, but Mayhem thinks he is completely warranted in not wanting to go back to a weight he's made before.
Clyde- November 23, 2010 at 11:50 am
I know Mayhem really struggled to reach 170 a few years ago and doesn't plan on going back. I think he should be able to make 177, 180 something like that. He's not asking for a title shot, it's just a fight to settle a dispute between two fighters. I don't think Diaz is scared of Mayhem.

Although it may be the case that Strikeforce will do something to screw it up anyway...

LOKI- November 23, 2010 at 11:50 am
Miller is the one looking for fights he thinks he can win, and may be in for an ironic suprise. The only way I see him beating Diaz is with wrestling which is the only real advantage he has over Diaz.

Meanwhile Tim Kennedy dosnet have a dance partner that I am aware of and arent he and Mayhem 1-1; and dosent his celebrity automatically grant him a 3rd shot at Jacare?
the chef- November 23, 2010 at 11:46 am
Why should Nick have to eat his way up to 185 to fight some guy who weighs 200 lbs naturally? Especially when he's the champion. Mayhem has made 170 before, if he really wanted to fight Nick that bad, I'm sure he could do it again. He knows Nick would destroy him at welterweight. Don't be scared homie.
Almost North- November 23, 2010 at 11:44 am
Brock just demanded a fight with GSP at heavyweight. "Don't be scared, Frenchie"