Cesar Gracie thinks a fine would have been more reasonable

While Cesar Gracie sounded totally on the UFC’s side moments after he learned that Nick Diaz was getting dropped from a title fight with GSP, he’s gotten a bit bolder since the UFC backed away from firing Nick outright. Here’s what he told MiddleEasy today (transcript via the bloody elbow):

“I talked to Dana after he pulled the fight. I explained why it was a mistake to pull the fight. I understood. I was as mad at Nick as anybody. When I calmed down a little bit and looked at the situation, I said not only am I Nick’s trainer, manager…whatever, but I’m also a fan of the sport. And I’m thinking “why is Dana punishing the fans of the sport?” Punish Nick. Fine him a nice fat hefty fine. Do whatever you’re gonna do and punish him. All he did was miss a press conference. Seriously? Did one fan in this world even care? It did not make sense to me. I told them this afterwards.

Sounds reasonable, right? But since when has fines ever stopped any pro athlete from doing anything? Dana White argues that would lead to guys on the roster just paying their way out of promo duty:

He said fining Diaz wasn’t an option because of how much UFC fighters in the top bouts make. Though he wouldn’t divulge anything specific, he said a fine – that Gracie suggested on Thursday – wouldn’t have made sense and wouldn’t have been a deterrent for fighters skipping news conferences in the future.

“You can’t not show up for things that you are contractually obligated to do and not expect there to be repercussions,” White said. “Going to press conferences is part of the job when you’re fighting for us. I know Cesar said Nick should have been fined, but dude, if I fined him $20,000 for not showing up, you know what? He’d say, ‘Big [expletive] deal.’ Contrary to public belief, these guys are millionaires.

“Do you know how rich [UFC middleweight champion] Anderson Silva is? He’s a multi-, multi-, multi-millionaire. So is Georges St. Pierre. Fining these guys $20,000 wouldn’t make sense because it wouldn’t mean anything or do anything.”

As time goes on the UFC is going to have to whack a lot of fighters on the nose with a rolled up newspaper, and often it’s us fans that are going to suffer through it with cancelled fights and favored fighters getting shitcanned. But pro athletes are like giant children. They need to be kept in line or they’re gonna walk all over you. This ain’t Scott Coker they’re dealing with here. This is Dana Fucking White. And he doesn’t bend over for nobody.

  • scissors61

    “Nick, you don’t come to Las Vegas and talk to a man like Dana White like that!”

  • Billytk

    I can’t believe Dana bent over enough to keep nick on the card and put him in the Co-Main event not really the huge punishment he tries to make it out to be

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Nick Diaz was fined.  He was fined main event money, title bonuses and sponsorship monies that go with main eventing a UFC card and it’s associated hype.  Such as being seen at a press conference.

  • iamphoenix

    ^thats whay i was thinking for realzzz

  • frickshun

    Dana didn’t say “millionaire.” He said they’re “stallionaires.”

  • kwagnuth

     He was puckerin up and kissing him some Dana White balls in fear of getting the golden glory treatment then when the dust settled all of a sudden he’s got his fighters back. I believe he is a snake in the grass and doesn’t give a flying fuck about anyone but himself. 

  • Reverend Clint

    obviously Cesar and nick cant do math

  • FiveBoltMain

    dj pretty much nailed it.

  • thingvolds

    dj is correct.

    dana decided to sacrifice millions of dollars on ppv losses in order to make a point. “im dana fucking white, how dare you not show to a press conference and leave me standing with my dick in my hand in front of a few dipshit reporters (bloggers) and a camera crew from aol sports!”

    a fine wouldve been appropriate. after that he couldve simply let it be known to his fighters and the media that any fighter who misses a presser without a legitimate reason faces severe penalties and or termination, as per their contracts.

    no one but HCs and serious fans knows or cares about condit. diaz on the other hand has a shitload of casual fans who would pay to see him fight gsp. theyre gonna lose a ton of ppv buys because of this brilliant decree by the almighty ruler. but thats not important, because the only thing more important to dana than money, is his ego and sense of total power.

    this opinion ive formed is based on the assumption that we’re getting the real story of what actually happened. ive heard some other interesting theories that sound plausible. theyve got BIG plans for gsp after he fucks condit up, and he needs to still have the belt in order for those plans to unfold.

  • Reverend Clint

    look at this way… if diaz wins he cxan be next in line to fight GSP with even more appeal to mainstreams since he wont be another random fighter thrown at gsp for no real reason. solid win in the ufc is a good thing for him. if he loses… he sucks anyways

  • benhamil

    Win or lose, I think they’ll feed him to Fitch next. Lesson complete.

  • Reverend Clint

    diaz would get fucked by fitch since wrestling escapes the diaz brothers.

  • CAP

    Kinda irritated Diaz is still on the card. Bumping him down a notch just doesn’t seem fitting for that tantrum DW threw about it. I get what he’s doing but think I liked the original match ups better. But I do see Condit bringing the fight to GSP too so that shouldn’t suck.

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