Cesar Gracie defends Nick Diaz after failing to show for Strikeforce media call

Cesar Gracie defends one of his best fighters, Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz after he failed to show up to the Strikeforce media call ahead of his October 9th rematch with KJ Noons in San Jose, California.

Gracie, speaking via MMAJunkie.com, said:

“Nick doesn’t really do the conference call with a guy he’s fighting; he just never has. It’s just not in his psyche. He’s too busy training right now to answer any questions.”

“We’ve gone through this before, where there (were) other people he was going to fight and talk on the phone. He just doesn’t operate in that mindset of, ‘This is a sport, and we’re going to talk about it and shake hands in the middle of the ring.’”

“It’s contrary to what makes him tick. He’s not going to ever talk to someone on the phone that he’s going to fight. A lot of promotions want these guys to talk. They talk amongst themselves and hype it up a little bit. It’s common in boxing. It gets to the point where (they) make some kind of rivalry to build the fight up, and sometimes it’s a fake thing. With Nick, it’s never a fake thing. It just doesn’t motivate him to talk to his opponent. He wants to fight the opponent, and not have a conversation with him.”

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