This past weekend, Nick Diaz no-showed at BJJ match at the World BJJ Expo in Long Beach, CA. against Braulio Estima.
Fingers were pointed, blame was placed and each side tried to walk away looking like the good guy but one side of the story no one has heard yet was that of the event coordinator, Renzo Gracie.
Gracie spoked to Mauro Ranallo this week and gave his view of how and why this mess happened:
“I have to be honest, if there’s someone to blame it’s me," said Renzo. "Even though it was my expo, I had one guy (“Junior”) working on it and he was good at organizing it and putting it together. The only thing he’s not good at is dealing with fighters.
"Junior called Ceasar Gracie’s room the night previously at midnight and said Braulio Estima would be 10 pounds overweight. You have to understand Nick Diaz was already giving up too much fighting that caliber of fighter in BJJ. For Nick to take the match, it shows the kind of guts he has.
"It ended up turning out the way that it did because the guy dealing with the fighters is an amateur, and he didn’t understand the emotions the athletes go through.”
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