Gracie: Diaz vs. Penn could main event any card

by Kelsey Mowatt | source:

Although Nick Diaz is no longer fighting for the UFC Welterweight Championship on October 29th, the former Strikeforce champ’s upcoming bout with decorated legend BJ Penn could still be the biggest of his career. While Diaz’s trainer Cesar Gracie concedes that his long time student was understandably disappointed about being removed from a title fight and a chance to defeat champion Georges St. Pierre, they’re keenly aware of what remains at stake at UFC 137.

“Nick was very upset about, I’ll be honest with you, I was devastated by it,” Gracie told FCF, while discussing Diaz’s removal from the title bout after missing two press conference appearances. “We worked so hard to get where we were, and I say we, because no fighter is by themselves. Nick has Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, Nate Diaz, Daniel Roberts, all those guys helping him…so when we heard about it everyone was upset about it.”

“Now in hindsight, with GSP being injured, Carlos Condit doesn’t have a fight,” Gracie added. “So what if Nick would have continued, then all of sudden GSP is injured, Nick isn’t fighting anymore. He is fighting on this card and he’s in the main event of this card now, and I think BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz should be the main event on any card to be honest with you.”

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xx72novaxx site profile image  

10/20/11 8:10 PM by xx72novaxx


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10/20/11 5:00 PM by Freakin 10er

No way...I never thought I'd see the day I agreed with something Cesar Gracie said.

Carlos ConDOit site profile image  

10/20/11 1:31 PM by Carlos ConDOit

Def would have bought this one with that fight on it but without it id prob just go to a bar

Carlos ConDOit site profile image  

10/20/11 1:30 PM by Carlos ConDOit

This. The only good thing for me is i have to go to a wedding that day and no matter how hard i tried the wife wasnt gunna let me skip it. At least now ill get to see them fight at a later date. War condit!!!!!!

Carlos ConDOit site profile image  

10/20/11 1:28 PM by Carlos ConDOit

Disagree. I was looking forward to watching condit lay the smackdown

The Notorious OMG site profile image  

10/20/11 12:44 PM by The Notorious OMG

yeah except you need a solid co-main to accompany it when people are being charged $55and no, mitrione/kongo being moved from mid-card slot-filler to co-main event doesn't really countthe problem is we have all the same fights we already did, minus gsp/condit, for the same priceit's not like gsp/condit is being replaced by a new fight in penn/diaz, we already had that to begin withno matter how you spin it it's a losing out situation

cupertrooper site profile image  

10/20/11 12:24 PM by cupertrooper

He's right. This fight is way more exciting than GSP/Condit