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Cesar Gracie Blames Diaz-Condit Decision On Biased Nevada Judges

“I don’t think the judges like Nick. He comes off, he talks in the ring… Carlos was running at one point, and Nick slapped him in the face said, ‘Quit running.’ We were there for a dogfight. Carlos said he’d provide for the fans a dogfight, a great fight where they were going to go at it. That was not a dogfight. It takes two to make a dogfight. One guy running away is not a dogfight… I don’t know what the judges were looking at. They’ve never liked Nick in Vegas. They’ve never voted for him in a decision. The only one was the BJ Penn fight, and he almost had to kill BJ to get that one. I don’t think they like his attitude, a guy that’s going to go out there and talk. I think they think he’s disrespectful. They’re going to find a reason to judge against him. I don’t think he can get fair judging in that state at all.”

— Cesar Gracie on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani claiming judges are biased against Nick Diaz in Nevada

First and foremost, let me say that Diaz did not get robbed. This wasn’t Shogun-Machida I. It was a close fight and I think you could make an argument for either fighter. That said, there is certainly incompetent judging in MMA. It happens all the time. But biased judging? I don’t know. I’ve never seen any evidence of that, but I’ve never been in a position to either. It wouldn’t surprise me, but to suggest Nick can’t win a decision in Vegas because the judges don’t like him without providing any evidence to support such a theory is kind of like throwing around baseless steroid and greasing accusations. They’re pointless without proof.

Moving on, Gracie also took aim at Greg Jackson and their fight strategies during the interview.

“It’s one thing to avoid standing in the pocket, it’s one thing to know how to dodge punches and kicks, and be somewhat elusive and have great defense,” he said. “It’s another thing to turn your back and run from a fighter. That’s completely different. You shouldn’t be telling your fighter to fight like that. I think it’s a disgrace and a shame. I’ve said this before: I don’t like that camp. I’m not going to take that back.”

Greg Jackson joined the show right after Gracie hung up. He didn’t specifically respond to Gracie’s comments, but he did defend the game plan they employed to beat Nick Diaz.

“It’s not like we reinvented the wheel here with this game plan,” Jackson said. “A stick-and-move game plan against a guy that’s such an amazing fighter and such a tough guy as Diaz, for me is a no-brainer. If you look at the numbers, we hit him many more times than he hit us.”

“The criticism I guess I heard this morning was that Carlos was running,” Jackson said. “He was running back to the middle of the Octagon and hitting him. You can’t really say he’s running, because he hit him more times. So that argument doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

“He’s amazing when he gets you up against the fence,” Jackson said of Diaz. “He’s amazing when he starts rolling on those combinations. So we left the party when that happened and then we started the party again and were able to land a lot more shots than he was. It’s pretty cut and dry to me. …If you sit there and go toe-to-toe with him, man, he’s just so tough. His combinations flow so beautifully. He switches from the body to the head so well. There’s no reason for us to play that game.”

Jackson also made it clear that if GSP and Condit do fight next, he will not be cornering either fighter. Interestingly enough though, for Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans, he might be changing his mind about cornering Jones. He still considers Rashad a friend, but since he’s not coming back to their camp, he feels he needs to be loyal to his team too.

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  • Ed Lib

    Totally agree with you, Steve. And also agreed with Jim on his “observations …”: Condit didn’t run. That was technical “run”, strategy, etc. Also completely different from that Nate Quarry fight (don’t recall his opponent), that he had to run after the guy cause the guy ONLY ran the whole fight.

    What is there to consider is what gives more points: significant strikes ou center control? 

    Machida is also a “runner”, but he usually hit his opponents pretty hard. But, against Rampage, he didn’t get the judges call, even tough Rampage himself thought he lost that fight. 

    at the end of the day, hope Diaz reconsider his decision.

    • warriordave927

      It was quarry vs kalib starnes where kalib ran away from mater the whole fight

    • Anonymous

      Look up running in the dictionary, because I dont think you understand. Yes I’ve heard that condit was running back to the center but he never stayed there and that’s what this is really about. The fans were promised a dog fight by Carlos! He also said “this is going to be a war” and “the fans are going to be the winners in this fight” now tell me if you feel like a winner?

      • warriordave927

        I feel like a winner cause my guy won,as far as Condit lying about it being a war it was,it was a good fight up until the decision was announced most people would tell you it was a good fight,I’ve had 4 of my friends who are diaz fans that said it was a good fight but that they thought it was a bullshit call,if the decision would have gone to diaz people would be conplaining if it wasn’t the fight of the night,people are just mad that diaz didn’t win and all of the sudden its the worst fight they’ve ever seen,to me it was a good fight

      • Ed Lib

        I don’t feel like I winner because neither of them are my favorite fighters.. even tough I rather watch Diaz fighting. and also expected more to see Diaz versus GSP in the cage.. but I accept the decision and also believe Condit deserved.
        Now I’m checking “run” in the dictionary

      • Ed Lib

        I don’t feel like I winner because neither of them are my favorite fighters.. even tough I rather watch Diaz fighting. and also expected more to see Diaz versus GSP in the cage.. but I accept the decision and also believe Condit deserved.
        Now I’m checking “run” in the dictionary

  • joe_rogan

    Used to like the Caesar Gracie camp but what sore losers they are.
    Respect to Condit for fighting smart and fighting to win. Who fights to lose?
    And who in the world would be stupid enough to stand in the pocket with Nick Diaz for 5 rounds and expect to win?
    Evading while throwing punches, kicks, knees and elbows isn’t as simple as “running”, it’s called stick and move – pretty basic combat sports strategy.
    Anybody heard of Muhammad Ali?
    Condit won. Get over it.
    Case closed.
    …And I’m a huge Nick Diaz fan.

    • Matt Silliman

      Huge Diaz fan and a huge Rogan fan?

    • warriordave927

      I agree with you 100%,especially the mention of boxing,the fact that nick wants to someday box and is the sore that he lost because of a stick and move strategy seems rediculous

  • Mr Kitty

    If Greg Jackson goes against his word and corners Jon Jones, I will have no respect left for that coach. That’s like a father coaching against one of his sons.

  • Donniedman79

    Agree with joe_rogan. What really drives me crazy is the fact that you have 25 minutes to BEAT your opponent in this fight. Win/lose/draw, if its a close fight and you cant do it in 25 minutes and it was a close fight, dont cry and whine like a kid that just had his ball taken away. You lost Nick, you would have so much more respect if you would be someone humble and not so much of a baby.

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