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Nick Diaz Gets an Opponent for May 12th Jiu-Jitsu Superfight and it’s Braulio F*cking Estima


(OK Nate, once the ballad starts, you’re gonna grab her hips and just kinda sway like this…)

Perhaps you recall that Jiu-Jitsu superfight Nick Diaz was scheduled to participate in while stepping out for a smoke break from his UFC career. It was to be held at the first annual World Jiu-Jitsu Expo in Long Beach, California on May 12th, against an opponent TBD. Though we had no clue as to who this “TBD” fellow would turn out to be, we already assumed that the match would be rife with Stockton Heybuddies, relentless taunting, and at least one insistence by Diaz that they both “stand up and settle this like men.”

How wrong we were, because it turns out that Diaz will be too busy trying not to get submitted to do much trash talking, as his opponent was announced earlier this morning, and it’s Braulio f*cking Estima. That’s 2009 ADCC double gold medalist, three time European champion, three time CBJJ champion, and five time Pan American champion Braulio Estima. If you consider yourself a fan of the ground game and live withing driving distance of Long Beach, you best be in attendance for this one.

Though Diaz earned his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Cesar Gracie back in 2007, you gotta imagine he’ll be the underdog heading into this one, as Estima’s list of BJJ credentials ranks him among the legends of the sport. The fact that Estima also took home a Superfight Championship at last year’s ADCC trials by defeating former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza only furthers this theory.

If you aren’t familiar with Estima’s ridiculous skill set, just check out the following highlight video.

As we all know, Diaz has never been submitted in professional competition. If you were to ask him, he’d probably tell you that he has never been submitted by anyone…ever, be it in practice, Jiu-Jitsu competition, or an alcohol fueled grappling match with one of his friends.

Could we witness the first known footage of Nick tapping, or more likely going to sleep, come May 12th?

-J. Jones

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MorningwoodII- April 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm
Rogansroach - panic doesn't think it reacts. His reaction was to dodge the situation. you can hug his nuts all you want, he bitched out. period.
Rogansroach- April 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm
yeah morningwoodii people who fight for a living often get suspended so they won't make a pay check like the one GSP and Diaz were about to make. Stay in school dude, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.
MorningwoodII- April 12, 2012 at 7:35 am
never dodged a fight? You mean like getting suspended just so he didn't have to fight GSP. You don't run out the back door when your coach comes to pick you up just cuz you don't like press conferences.
Rogansroach- April 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm
give the dude a break. he's never dodged a fight since kindergarten, has outstanding cardio, great hands, iron chin, great ground game. Wadda ya want? Yeah so he's no good in front of the camera and smokes weed, that describes 95% of the world. At least he's not pissing hot for testosterone.
2Dogs- April 12, 2012 at 1:05 am
What happened in Kindergarten?
EJayy- April 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm
Can someone please post this here when it's over?
BaghdadBob- April 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm
Diaz is toast. It's too bad, really.
saiyanmonkey- April 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm
Here's hoping Braulio doesn't end it in 15 seconds and we get to see a sweet contest.
Alan K- April 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Actually Taco, Stockton Rules means if you can't submit him within the time limit then you go shoot him in the kneecap and then smoke a bunch of crack. It's tradition.
Clyde- April 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm
Fair point, RNP. We've written Diaz off as "not as good a striker as [insert fighter's name]" for years, is he going to do the same with Jiu Jitsu as well?
Rear Naked Poke- April 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm
I think Nick will take this! No kidding, he is so overlooked in his grappling ability.
JoAnna- April 11, 2012 at 11:38 am
I don't think he behaves all the time, but he is a good fighter. Just hope he doesn't flip anyone off.
Phatdan78- April 11, 2012 at 11:31 am
"The Stockton Hey Buddy" is my favorite phrase in sports history. I am really looking forward to see how Nick measures up with a pure BJJ practitioner.
oc in this bitch- April 11, 2012 at 11:05 am
that highlight video mostly shows him just pullin guard?weak
oc in this bitch- April 11, 2012 at 11:01 am
sucks for u guys i live 10 miles away.lol gonna be sick
MorningwoodII- April 11, 2012 at 10:26 am
Nick will lose on points and say, "I don't need this shit anymore either." Then will go to boxing.
Fried Taco- April 11, 2012 at 10:06 am
I'd still be surprised to see Nick submitted. High-level no-gi grappling matches like this rarely end in submissions. Of course, it would have to end in a submission if it was done under Stockton rules, ie. no time limit!
RwilsonR- April 11, 2012 at 10:18 am
True, but who knows if Diaz is on that level. I think when Estima won his weight in 2009 ADCC he beat Galvao with a triangle.
AlFyiavb- April 11, 2012 at 9:57 am
I'll be there! I'll get as much footage as I can for you guys! A CagePotato exclusive!
DangadaDang- April 11, 2012 at 10:09 am
That would be awesome! Send your contact info to tips@cagepotato if you really want to help us out!
RwilsonR- April 11, 2012 at 9:55 am
Not bad on the caption or the "smoke break" line. You're on your game today, Danga.
CarmenValentina- April 11, 2012 at 9:27 am
I got a feeling no matter what happens he will find a way to bitch and complain about something and miss the press conference
RearNakedSpoon- April 11, 2012 at 9:19 am
InB4 grappling control is declared a "bitch move"
Fletch the V Stretch- April 11, 2012 at 9:12 am
Yeah JJ isn't really a sport where trash talking and intensity are going to give you an edge.
The12ozCurls- April 11, 2012 at 9:12 am
JJ - one of the better captions in a long time.
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