Gracie: If we finish Penn, we want GSP
On Saturday, Diaz has a chance to make his case as the true No. 1 welterweight contender when he faces BJ Penn. And according to his trainer and manager Cesar Gracie, if Diaz decisively wins the bout that night, they’ll ask to bypass Carlos Condit and get bumped back into his original position as GSP’s next challenger.
“This is the UFC so there’s always that chance,” Gracie said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “There’s no question about it that I will ask for that if Nick has a tremendous performance and he can finish BJ, I would ask for that. But the biggest thing is if the fans want it. If the fans all ask for that, Dana [White] is a smart guy. He knows the sport is about the fans. So who knows?”
Of course, much is dependent on Diaz winning.
It was a fight that neither side wanted, stemming from Penn’s longstanding relationship with the camp. In fact, years ago, he fought for the first time ever while under the Team Cesar Gracie banner.