We’ll probably have him go back to welterweight again unless Strikeforce has something for him at middleweight. I know he wants to go back and fight at welterweight. He likes to do triathlons so he likes to stay leaner for those and it ties into the MMA. He wouldn’t have to cut that much weight if he was leaner with the workouts he has to do for the triathlons and everything. You won’t be seeing him go back to lightweight anytime soon because he’s just not very good there. His skills are good at any weight, but when he loses that much weight in the cut, he’s prone to health problems, infections and all kinds of things start happening to him. He gets very big and that’s not his natural weight. He will fight at higher weights. If something big came along, we would put him at light heavy. We would bulk him up a bit and let him fight the really big guys. I bet people would enjoy that. He’s a true old school fighter. He’s like the Gracie Jiu Jitsu guys from the old school. He will fight at any weight class. That’s the kind of fighter he is…Just to let people know, he’s one of Andre Ward’s sparring partners. He just keeps getting better and better at that stuff. I don’t think people realize how good he has gotten with his boxing in the past year or year and a half. He’s developed tremendously from training with Andre and having a new boxing coach and everything. He’s a much better fighter now than he was last year.
—Cesar Gracie talking to FightHype.com about what weight class(es) Nick plans to fight in from here on out and his improved boxing.
Nick certainly has looked a new fighter this year with the additional weight. He struggled against Mike Aina and KJ Noons in late 2007, improved some in 2008, but he hasn’t opened a lot of eyes in awhile like he’s done against Shamrock and Smith after packing on the pounds.
There’s quite a few fights out there for Nick right now, but the one I think that really needs to happen is the Noons rematch. Noons is finally willing, but it looks like he’ll have to put on a little weight himself if it’s going happen.