Nick Diaz taking NSAC to court, wants to fight Anderson Silva

by Cesar Gracie | source:

Following a decision loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143, and a subsequent suspension until February 4, 2013 for testing positive to marijuana metabolites, Nick Diaz declared he was done with MMA.

Yesterday, his trainer, manager, and mentor Cesar Gracie said there would be an announcement today at 7:00.

There was:
•Diaz is back;
•He wants Anderson Silva; and,
•He will be taking the CSAC to court over his suspension, and hopes to fight this year.

Future of Nick Diaz

It’s been a trying time these last 4 months as I have been faced with the prospect that one of our team’s most talented fighters had decided to leave the sport. As a fan I’ve always admired what both of the Diaz’s brought to the cage; a combination of technical brilliance and raw violence.

Nate Diaz has finally put his game together and found the formula to propel him to the top of the 155lbs division. To see Nick leave at the top of his game was difficult.

For the last couple of months I’ve watched Nick begin to frequent the gym more and more. He’s training harder now than he has for many of his fights. It was obvious that training and fighting is in his DNA. It is who he is.

This week we had a great talk and he made it clear to me that he is ready to get back to the cage. Nick Diaz will return.

To address the NSAC suspension, I will say that we have appealed to the courts and if things go our way, it will be plausible that Nick could return as early as sometime at the end of this year.

For too long NSAC bureaucrats have acted with malicious incompetence towards the fighters. We will challenge them in court.

As far as future opponents, Nick has stated that he would like to take fights “that matter”. Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge.

Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP, possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.

I will be meeting with Dana next Monday August 6th to discuss this and other issues. If you appreciate Nick’s fighting style, please let Dana know that you want Nick back ASAP.

Thank you and best regards,

Cesar Gracie

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In an interview with MiddleEasy Cesar clarified that Diaz is not angling for a title fight, but rather was a super fight.

"It’s not about the title," said Gracie. "We don’t want a title. If it were to be at 185 we don’t want the title. Nick isn’t trying to be disrespectful to all the great middleweights out there. Our camp doesn’t want that. There’s a lot of great middleweights out there that are in line for a title shot. This is about fighting... a superfight."

Anderson Silva's camp was positive:

Ed Soares ‏@edblackhouse
I think the idea of @SpiderAnderson vs @nickdiaz209 is pretty good. Let's see what the @ufc thinks?

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fishyfish site profile image  

8/1/12 8:03 PM by fishyfish

yes. most so-called "MMA fans" don't know SHIT, would prefer to watch HWs flail, and criticize a fighter's merit based on how much they like/dislike their personality.many read a fighter's record out of context, not considering the opponent or how the fight went. like BJ's losses to champs GSP and Hughes (and who else ?) or Diaz's 3 decision losses in the UFC years ago. business (UFC) cares most about the herd (90%), not the connoisseurs (5%), so this fight, despite the matchup in skill and probable intensity, is not so likely to happen.

Chimonos Revenge site profile image  

7/30/12 2:38 PM by Chimonos Revenge

Except that win over Gomi didn't actually count. Daley was borderline top 10.

mje364 site profile image  

7/30/12 2:20 PM by mje364

I agree it looks exciting on paper. But that makes zero sense giving nick a title shot as he is coming off a loss at 170 and zero wins at 185. If mma wants to be taken seriously there needs to be standards. NBA, NHL, MLB teams don't get automatic bids at playoffs for being a fun team to watch. They EARN their spots at playoffs. With that said of course as a fan of the sport I would pay to watch it. But I'd rather have the future of mma be taken more serious than reward Diaz (who fails drug tests and wont show up for matches/pressers) with a shot at the number 1 p4p fighter.

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7/30/12 12:28 PM by smac 2.0


smac 2.0 site profile image  

7/30/12 8:46 AM by smac 2.0

Great first post...

CatchAsCatchCan site profile image  

7/29/12 4:15 PM by CatchAsCatchCan

Diaz could take this. 4TH Round TKO.

smac 2.0 site profile image  

7/29/12 4:10 PM by smac 2.0

so Nick's first fight back in the UFC against BJ only did 280k buys. Then, his next fight against condit did 400k. Sounds like a big upward trend.

Floppy Divac site profile image  

7/29/12 3:56 PM by Floppy Divac

 Nick hasn't done shit to earn this fight.

vincan469 site profile image  

7/29/12 3:40 PM by vincan469

bath salts and internet access is a bad thing.

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

7/29/12 3:21 PM by LilBrockonmychest

 You don't really think that Diaz was the draw in those fights, do you?  How do you think Diaz vs Charlie Brenneman would do as a headliner?