Cesar Gracie: “You have to have respect for people and organizations, and I think Nick didn’t do that.”

World renowned MMA coach, Cesar Gracie gives his thoughts on Nick Diaz being removed from the UFC 137 main event bout with Georges St-Pierre on October 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada, adding the fighters actions are not what his camp stands for.

Gracie, speaking via MMAWeekly.com, said:

“He knew he was supposed to be at both of them, and didn’t get there. I spoke to him yesterday, and it was all about getting him to Vegas yesterday, and the last time I heard from him he was on his way to the airport. That’s about it. I was pretty pissed off when I first heard about this, obviously for our team, and personally it’s something I’ve worked for, for so many years. Bringing this kid from Stockton when he was 16 and making him this world class fighter, and for him at this moment to do something this stupid, and not show up for something he was supposed to show up to, it’s very frustrating to me to say the least.”

“I did speak to Dana about all this, and I think he’s 100% correct in pulling him from this fight. Because I would have done the same thing. He would have shown up and fought. There’s just certain things you have to do when you’re a man, like promote the fight, and I think this goes to teach everybody no one is greater than the sum of the UFC. You have to have respect for people and organizations, and I think Nick didn’t do that.”

“I know we all need more chances in life, we all make stupid mistakes in our lives. Nick has never had a real job, he doesn’t know what it’s like, like a lot of Americans have to do, get up work two jobs like a lot of us to put food on the table and here he’s given this opportunity, where he beats this guy it’s like winning the lottery and he doesn’t get on a plane to Vegas or Canada or whatever. You can’t do that. There’s no way you can do that.”

“This is not what Gracie Jiu-Jitsu means to me in my whole thing about teaching. You’ve got to have responsibility, Nick has shown no responsibility when it came to this.”

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