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Cesar Gracie: “One guy running away is not a dogfight.”

Last weekend’s main event offering from Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz at UFC 143 was far from what many fans expected to see based on the typically tough-nosed style of each as well as the pre-fight comments from both camps. It was also unlike the bout Cesar Gracie anticipated unfolding, at least to a certain extent.

Gracie, Diaz’s head trainer and manager, recently called Condit’s counter-pointing strategy into question after “The Natural Born Killer” avoiding engaging in the “dogfight” he’d implied he was up for during the weeks leading up to Saturday night’s scrap.

“Carlos was running at one point, and Nick slapped him in the face said, ‘Quit running.’ We were there for a dogfight. Carlos said he’d provide for the fans a dogfight, a great fight where they were going to go at it. That was not a dogfight. It takes two to make a dogfight. One guy running away is not a dogfight,” said Gracie on Monday in an interview with The MMA Show.

However, Gracie doesn’t fully fault Condit for taking the smarter, less aesthetically pleasing route instead of catering to the expectations of others, and actually blames the coaching staff at Greg Jackson’s gym for the gameplan.

“It’s one thing to avoid standing in the pocket, it’s one thing to know how to dodge punches and kicks, and be somewhat elusive and have great defense. It’s another thing to turn your back and run from a fighter. That’s completely different,” said Gracie of Jackson’s approach to fighting. “You shouldn’t be telling your fighter to fight like that. I think it’s a disgrace and a shame. I’ve said this before: I don’t like that camp. I’m not going to take that back.”

The future of both Diaz and Condit appear a bit hazy at the moment, as Diaz said he was retiring after the loss and Condit is likely waiting 9-10 months for Georges St. Pierre to heal up from a knee injury rather than take another fight as his management implied he would prior to his closely-contested win over Diaz.

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13 COMMENTS
  • THEGUNNER says:

    I expect a lot of disrespect coming for condit unless he takes the rematch.i think as ppv goes if we all get together and not order ufc on ppv for a couple months straight maybe we ll get fights that are more interesting. If they put bullshit matchups and fighters follow bullshit game plans to stay safe and we all pay for it they see that and laugh on the way to the bank.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    By the way i wonder what the response would be if diaz implied that game instead of condit to get the easy w and chance to see gsp.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Still waiting for Nick’s comments. I guess he’s having issues finding a camera and his car keys to record them.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Basically, Jackson and Condit surprised Diaz and Condit with their strategy. That’s how you win fights, including wars. Complaining that Condit behaved unexpectedly is admitting they were outsmarted.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    “They lied in the pre-fight hype!”

    U MAD BRO?

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  • MCM says:

    “We were there for a dogfight.”

    Carlos was there for an MMA match. See the difference?

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  • Maybe Nick should’ve shut his mouth and ran Carlos down instead of talking and walking forward. Was I dissapointed in the lack of a dogfight…yes…was I super impressed with Carlos’s kicks movement and plan to keep Nick at distance? How couldnt you be?

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  • Screenplaya says:

    Nick Diaz would be undefeated if every fight was a deathmatch. Fortunately, we don’t make fighters fight to the death.

    Greg Jackson came up with a way to win a decision, and Carlos Condit did a good job of employing it. Of course, Condit isn’t taking a rematch because he knows Diaz will prepare differently and probably knock him out.

    Nothing says Condit had to go toe-to-toe, and nothing says he has to offer an immediate rematch.

    Of course, I thought Diaz won and would love it if Condit granted the rematch…..

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  • stone says:

    That fight was lame as shit….. I’d like a rematch, doubt it happens.
    I also think that Diaz’s camp should’ve made adjustments after losing that 3rd rd…

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  • MickeyC says:

    Well hopefully diaz will step up and speek for himself pretty soon. The crying gracie is doing makes my nuts hurt. “he didn’t fight the fight we wanted and its not fair” dude you got out pointed. Deal with it. Take another fight, and then face the winner of the carlos/GSP. Whats the funniest is the people upset that carlos has chosen to wait. When thats exactly what Diaz planned to do if he had won. Sure he’d take a fight where his title was not on the line. But openly said if he won he would not defenf until GSP returned. Diaz is one of my favorite fights, but i can’t say I care for the way he and his camp are handling this.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    He didnt say it wasnt fair. Dont put words in his mouth. He is saying what many feel and that is that Condits way of fighting was negative and a poor way to go about fighting. I completely agree with him. Jacksons are very good at gameplans but quite often those gameplans are negative. The hypocrites on here make me sick. Many of you would be in an uproar if this was.reversed.and it was Diaz running away. Glad to see this suits some of you.

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  • MickeyC says:

    Maybe if he had trained his man to fight more and talk less, it may have gone the other way.HAHA Diaz had every oppertunity to win this fight. Dropping his hands sticking out his chin and talking shit was no one of them. Besides why don’t you go back and count the number of punches and kicks carlos landed while “running away” as you call it. But I will save you some time, I know how many. Enough to win the fight, thats how many. Gracie is doing a fine job of blaming Jackson for his man winning, but Diaz loosing, that was none of Gracie’s doing. I think if anybody let his fighter down, it was the one that left empty handed..

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  • Sykotick says:

    Guess that’s what happens to Diaz when he doesn’t get to hand pick his opponents.

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