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Braulio Estima responds to Cesar Gracie’s statements regarding failed meeting with Nick Diaz

Unofficial spokesman Cesar Gracie seemingly bought a bit of understanding from fans after making a passionate plea to the public regarding star student Nick Diaz’s decision to no-show a BJJ superfight against Braulio Estima scheduled for this past weekend. In his statement, Gracie explained Diaz had been mislead in terms of Estima’s desire to transition from a career on the mat into one inside the cage as well as on some weight-related matters.

However, any good faith earned may have been wiped clean in light of Estima’s own take on the situation. The decorated submission-specialist took to Twitter yesterday where he outlined a few points pertaining to Gracie’s account.

“When (the promoter) approached me to offer me the fight I was actually training at the Blackzilians at the time so obviously I was training MMA,” wrote Estima. “I never fought before so (he) said it was fine & why (not) cancel the fight before if this was really an issue??”

“Nobody has ever bended no rules for me,” he continued, turning to Diaz’s problems with his weight. “Because there was no rules set to start off with. It wasn’t 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… Besides when did Nick actually weigh in? And who witnessed that if we are being so strict and professional?”

“You are saying Nick had left by 10:00 AM 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,” stated Estima. “Nobody at any point had mentioned he could have left. Leaving me believing we would fight till the very last minute…You’re talking about lack of professionalism in the organization of the superfight and this was very professional behavior right?”

Ultimately, Estima summed things up saying he was frustrated by the way things had unfolded and adamant about Diaz being largely to blame.

Read the full statement from Estima below:

1st- When Junior approached me to offer me the fight I was actually training at the Blackzilians at the time so obviously I was training MMA. Junior told me about Nick not wanting to fight an MMA fighter. I never fought before so [Junior] said it was fine & why [didn’t you] cancel the fight before if this was really an issue..??

2nd- Nobody has ever bended no rules for me. Because there was no rules set to start off with, it wasn’t 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 didn’t 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 professional?

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 you’re talking about lack of professionalism 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.

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4 COMMENTS
  • darth_irritable says:

    Frankly, this reads to me like a couple of fighters screwed by a dodgy promoter. It sounds like both sides got much the same treatment, but whereas Braulio was professional and dealt with an unprofessional situation, Nick threw his toys and went home.

    This is of course assuming Braulio and Cesar both speak honestly here. I guess we’ll never know for sure what happened, but this is continuing to reflect poorly on Diaz, and that ass-clown Junior.

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  • MCM says:

    “..has Nick signed a contract that stated the date time and weight that we both need to reach? I didn’t. ..”

    This right here, negates the only semi credible argument Cesar and Diaz might have had.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Does any of this really matter? Sounds like poor communication from all parties involved. Random thrown together event with one name someone outside of Brazil has heard of, with unclear rules and regulations and it fell apart.

    Color me surprised.

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  • king mah mah says:

    Doesn’t sound nearly as convincing as Gracie’s letter. Who cares? Nick fulfilled the most important part of the deal by donating to the charity. I could care less about him walking out and being a no show. I probably would have done the same in his shoes.

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