Cesar Gracie: Nick Diaz Plans To Return To Fighting, Willing To Face Anderson Silva

Cesar Gracie promised an announcement on the future of Nick Diaz Friday, and the trainer/manager delivered.

Gracie issued a release via GracieFighter.com. In it, he claims that Nick Diaz will be fighting again, and would even take a middleweight bout with UFC champion Anderson Silva.

It’s been a trying time these last 4 months as I have been faced with the prospect that one of our team’s most talented fighters had decided to leave the sport. As a fan I’ve always admired what both of the Diaz’s brought to the cage; a combination of technical brilliance and raw violence.

Nate Diaz has finally put his game together and found the formula to propel him to the top of the 155lbs division. To see Nick leave at the top of his game was difficult.

For the last couple of months I’ve watched Nick begin to frequent the gym more and more. He’s training harder now than he has for many of his fights. It was obvious that training and fighting is in his DNA. It is who he is.
This week we had a great talk and he made it clear to me that he is ready to get back to the cage. Nick Diaz will return.

To address the NSAC suspension, I will say that we have appealed to the courts and if things go our way, it will be plausible that Nick could return as early as sometime at the end of this year.
For too long NSAC bureaucrats have acted with malicious incompetence towards the fighters. We will challenge them in court.

As far as future opponents, Nick has stated that he would like to take fights “that matter”. Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge.

Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP, possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.

I will be meeting with Dana next Monday August 6th to discuss this and other issues. If you appreciate Nick’s fighting style, please let Dana know that you want Nick back ASAP.

Thank you and best regards,
Cesar Gracie

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.santisteban Peter Santisteban

    Cesar Gracie again trying to put his nose in the spot light and Nick trying to get some attention. Either you go and fight and fight for your Dreams thats getting the title or STFU and leave the sport. Follow the rules to promote your fight and stay sober while training. WTF is the big issue. As for Diaz fighting Silva. G-Nite Diaz. Hope you enjoy the pay check either way.

    • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

      I agree that if diaz fights silva,nick is getting put to sleep,I’m sure the diaz fans will disagree but there’s no way he’s gonna be able to stand in front of andy and throw those 50% power shots and not get put to bed,he can always try and take it to the ground but he’ll have a huge weight difference to deal with

      • Javier

        I am a Nick Diaz and an Anderson fan, but I have agree. Nick has some good boxing but I don’t think that he can stand with Silva. It does sound like a good fight, but I think it would be a short one.

  • LeoLarios

    No way!!! I just got done saying something similar

  • LeoLarios

    I’d pay to see that! I bet Dana’s twitter is on bazerker mode!!

  • Changi

    Silva’s camp &/or even silva himself is a pussy, dont make a difference if he the best in the world if your not facing the toughest guys…. The only guy that would challenge silva right now would be jon jones and silva would never fight him… he would much rather fight an old rich franklin or a smaller in size nick diaz or gsp…

    • violator702

      What middleweight has Anderson Silva been scared to fight? Your logic is a joke, it’s not like you see Jon Jones wanting to fight Junior Dos Santos.

      • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

        This guy makes a great f’ing point,and gsp is also unwilling to fight silva at mw

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