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Nick Diaz gets his opponent for World Jiu-Jitsu Expo: multi-time BJJ champ Braulio Estima

Nick Diaz never backs down from a challenge. On May 12, at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo in Long Beach, Diaz will get just that, as he has been paired with widely-respected grappler Braulio Estima in a previously announced superfight.

The WJJE confirmed the match-up this week.

Estima is a multi-time winner of several Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments including a victory over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling Championship. The 31-year old Estima is slated to make his MMA debut later this year and is currently training with the Blackzilians in Florida.

Diaz, also known for his ability on the mat, announced his retirement from MMA following a loss to Carlos Condit even though many feel he’ll return down the road. The 28-year old is a black belt in BJJ under Cesar Gracie but has not competed in a BJJ bout in over two years. However, he’s also never been submitted in 34 MMA bouts.

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4 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    Sounds like a tough opponent for Diaz…

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  • climbarock says:

    This is with the gi, I assume? Very, very tough opponent for Diaz. Braulio is one of the best pure BJJ competitors and he’s significantly bigger than Diaz. I would be surprised if Diaz won.

    I can’t see Braulio going that far in MMA…he doesn’t have the athleticism of guys like Jacare and Rousimar Palhares, and he’s starting his MMA career so late that his striking/wrestling will never be great. But then again, I didn’t think Maia would hang around the UFC and have as much success as he’s had.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    just pumped to see Nick compete again

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    As long as Estima doesnt run away it should be fun.

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