Trainer Cesar Gracie has a pretty good insight into the workings of Nick Diaz. Gracie has helped mold the mind and body of Diaz for several years at his gym in Stockton, California.
Following his most recent fight – a loss to Carlos Condit – Diaz told those listening that he was finished with fighting, effectively announcing his retirement from the sport. Many thought it was just Diaz being Diaz, but so far, he has stayed true to his word. Of course, his positive drug test for marijuana following the fight might also have something to do with that.
Well, Gracie is coming out in defense of Diaz and declaring that he feels like his fighter will return, as he told Sherdog.com in a recent interview.
He’s sick of politics, the whole marijuana thing, the judges….it’s kind of a weird thing, but let’s face it, I’m not going to let that guy quit. I just don’t see it happening. He’s too good and he’s too important in this sport, I think. If it’s up to me, there’s no way that’s going to happen.
The loss to Condit really bothered Diaz, as was evident by the post-fight interview and video released of Diaz after. The idea that he would never compete again in MMA seemed strange, but Diaz has hinted at a boxing career previously, so there is always that option, as well.
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