Cesar Gracie reveals Strikeforce never offered Diaz a fight with Miller, willing to fight at a catchweight

Cesar Gracie, the head coach at Gracie Academy and coach of Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz has revealed the promotion has never offered Diaz a fight with Jason “Mayhem” Miller, adding they’d be more than obliged to take a catchweight fight.

Gracie, speaking via Tapout Radio, said:

“’We’ve never been offered that fight. Some people may be saying ‘are you ducking Miller?’ but we’ve never been offered that fight with Miller. He didn’t duck him. It was brought up in a brief conversation with Strikeforce…it was agreed that whoever they want to put in there, it was their decision. As our contract works, if there’s a different fight that Nick has to go move up in weight, well then there’s some negotiating room and what I can say is that if you do pick Miller, I would like to see it at 170. If Miller can’t make 170, we’re very open to a catchweight however for Nick to have to go up in weight to 185 to accommodate Miller, it just doesn’t make sense.”

“Number one, Miller’s record doesn’t justify anyone having to come to him. His last five fights he’s won twice. Nick won seven in a row, he’s a champion. It’s more of a fan-favorite fight so we’ll do it, but probably at a catchweight but if Miller isn’t willing to do that , then ‘don’t be scared homie’ may apply to him.”

“What if he called out Gilbert Melendez, would he tell Gil to move to 185 so he can fight? Its ridiculous. Why even bother to call him out? I would probably ask to fight someone more important in the fight world today if Nick is moving up to 185. We’re above that.”

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