Gracie: Diaz-Penn had to happen

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Legendary jiu-jitsu coach and main coach of Nick Diaz, Ralph Gracie, recently sat down with Sherdog Radio to discuss last weekend’s bout between Diaz and BJ Penn. The coach touched on the strategy going in, but also ‘why’ the fight had to happen

On the importance of the fight: “I think this fight had to happen. In a way, everything that happened was fate. These two had to fight each other. People needed to see this fight, and I think it kind of cements Nick’s legacy. I’m personally glad this fight happened for that reason. In the history of fighting, I think that was an important fight to have.”

On Penn: “I’ve been cool with B.J. I’ve never had a problem with the guy. Coming up, he was actually on our team when he first started. … The animosity — I mean, there’s not animosity. These guys can be cool again. I talked to B.J. afterwards. He was talking about being too old for this stuff, the whole thing. He’s only 32 years old. Really, I think, he’s in his prime. I would love to see him fight again. I would love to have him come to our school. If he does decide to come back and fight, I would definitely be giving him the invitation to come train with us. The only thing I would ask is probably that he leaves Matt Hughes at the door, and that’s about it.”

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