Cesar Gracie Criticizes Promoter For Handling of Braulio Estima, Nick Diaz Bout; Concedes Fighter’s “Lack of Communication Inexcusable”
By FCF Staff
The Cesar Gracie camp has released a statement explaining why Nick Diaz failed to show for his scheduled grappling bout with Braulio Estima this past weekend, however, it contains no comments from the accomplished fighter himself.
Instead, the extensive statement has come from Diaz’s trainer and mentor Cesar Gracie, who accused World Jiu Jitsu Expo promoter Nalty Junior of not relaying the fact that Estima is hoping to transition in MMA.
According to Gracie, Diaz only agreed to participate in the event if he competed against someone who was not a “MMA fighter.”
In addition, Gracie cited the now well documented issues regarding the weigh-ins for the fight, as the final catalyst that prompted Diaz’s withdrawal from the event.
As of Friday, Estima was reportedly overweight for the agreed 180 pound limit and requested one more day to cut the weight.
Although Gracie apparently agreed to this early Saturday morning, according to the trainer, Diaz had already left Long Beach and thus was a no show for the event.
Estima claimed on Saturday that he had made the weight as of that morning.
Near the end of the statement, Gracie added that Diaz “is not without fault by any means. His lack of communication with his team and coach was inexcusable. This will be addressed privately.”
To read the entire statement at Gracie Fighter.com click here.
Junior has not released any statement yet responding to Gracie’s accusations.