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Nick ‘No-Show’ Diaz

This weekend was supposed to see Nick Diaz take on BJJ tournament whiz Braulio Estima in a gi match at the World Jiu Jitsu Expo. Alas, this is Nick Diaz we’re talking about here so of course he didn’t show up.

It’s almost an exercise in futility to try and figure out why, but we can certainly try. Things seem to have started unraveling when Estima failed to make the contracted weight the evening before the bout. Though it’s clear that he wasn’t prepared to make 180 lbs on Friday night, the decorated BJJ champion claims that the weigh-in time was never clearly outlined. Rumors have Estima hitting the scales at 189 lbs, then renegotiating a catch weight of 185 lbs, though both the man himself and Diaz’s coach Cesar Gracie claim he hit the contracted mark on Saturday morning.

As for why Diaz no-showed, Gracie was less certain. “I don’t know,” Cesar told “I know he was mad when he was told Braulio would not make weight last night. No one has seen him today. Braulio ended up making weight this morning.”

On Sunday morning, a Facebook page that may or may not be related to the Diaz brothers had this to say:

Promoter fails to donate the money to charity as agreed. (shady) Promoter changes rules for weigh ins to accommodate fellow Brazilian
Match ain’t happening

Considering the promoter is Renzo Gracie and no one else had a problem with his oh so shady ways, that’s an interesting claim. Whether Estima actually made weight is still in question, but that just made me sad he wasn’t grappling Nate Diaz. Unlike his brother, that kid truly doesn’t give a f*ck.

The whole thing doesn’t look very good for Nick. First off, he’s now cemented his professional reputation as a total flake. Promoters put up with all his bullsh*t because in the end he usually showed up and put on the performance his fans were looking for. Now he’s not even doing that. His fan rep, which had already taken a hit from rage-quitting after the Condit fight and the whole Mayhem Miller saga, just took another big hit this weekend.

Nothing looks more like a duck than disappearing off the face of the earth when you’re supposed to compete, especially since most of us were expecting Nick to lose this match. Alexis Davis managed to do okay against Kyra Gracie on the same night, but that was in no-gi. Nick Diaz was straight up gi fighting one of the best tournament fighters in the BJJ world. If there were specific issues Diaz wasn’t happy with that were keeping him off the mat, he should have at least showed up and refused to roll. Going AWOL and leaving everyone holding their dicks is pretty much the worst way to go about things ever.

The standard reactions. Many are pissed, including a lot of Brazilians and jiu jitsu buffs – the kind of people who hold honor-related grudges for a long time. And then there’s the contingent of people who just roll their eyes and say what did you expect? Unfortunately for Nick, that includes his UFC boss:


Ben Fowlkes sums it up nicely:

You’re upset that you paid good money to sit home on a Saturday and watch a grappling match that didn’t happen? Sorry, but I have no sympathy for you. If you’re enough of a Diaz fan to pay to watch him grapple, then you’re enough of a Diaz fan to understand the risks. Complaining about the no-show is like buying a ticket for a Guns N’ Roses show in the early ‘90s, then whining when Axl Rose jumps off the stage and punches you in the face. You had to know this was a possibility, if not a likely outcome. You just got Diaz’d. Deal with it.

And then there’s the people who are just sad and concerned about Nick’s well being. Remember when he no-showed those title fight press conferences and people acted like Nick might be lying face down in a ditch somewhere or trapped in a basement prison a la Silence of the Lambs? More like trapped in a prison OF THE MIND! *cue Twilight Zone music*

I dunno if it’s anxiety, douchiness, or just straight up stupidity, but whatever the case Nick Diaz is running out of people to piss off and places to compete That might serve him just fine. I doubt he has to worry about 5000 blogs calling him a coward when he decides not to show up for a triathalon.

  • Boog

    Why would you link to that bullshit Middle Easy article?  Why?

  • Boog

    Also, remember the spin from Diaz fans after the press conference fiasco?  About how, sure, he might skip the press conference, but he’s never skipped out on a fight?

    And this video from Diaz himself: 

    Diaz: “I’ve never not shown up to a fight….and umm, I’ve never backed out of a fight in my life, umm, that’s not what I do”

  • scissors61

    Diaz is a fraud. Fuck that clown.

  • Reverend Clint

    he realized he sucks dick

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    If Nick felt things were shady he could have sent a letter, message, tweet, text that day saying so. No showing a charity match and then blaming it on the promoter is just terrible.

    Nick Diaz is a piece of shit who doesn’t give a fuck and that’s fine. But hearing Middle Easy, Ceaser Gracie, Ronda Rousey etc, stick up for him like he’s in the right is ridiculous. Nick showed up to weigh in, he could of at least showed up to flip off his opponent and make a statement to explain why.

  • frickshun

  • Meat

    If you check out Diaz’s YouTube feed (NickDiaz209) he gave a like to the to the Braulio video, and to a bunch of songs and trippy shit. He basically sat home to mess around on YouTube.


    “Considering the promoter is Renzo Gracie and no one else had a problem with his oh so shady ways, that’s an interesting claim.”

    Renzo was not the promoter, it was someone else. Renzo re-tweeted the following:

    RT @CesarGracieBJJ: Btw the promoter was NOT Renzo! It was some guy called Junior. @nickdiaz209 loves @RenzoGracieBJJ

    Retweeted by Renzo_Gracie_BJJ
    3:37 PM – 13 May 12

    via Twitter for iPhone

  • dt

    the match was going to be no-gi, not gi.

  • Nachtfalter

    I hope the promotion sues this piece of shit and takes him to task for being such an unprofessional, retarded waste of space. No insult to retarded people intended. I’m positive most of the legally retarded have more common sense than Nick Diaz.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    So fucking lame.

    The whole thing seems like Nick was dreaming of highly organized weigh-ins, didn’t know shit was looser, but stormed-off after the initial 189 in a grumpy tantrum because his endorphins were low coming off some strong shit.

  • bakapoki

    Good for Diaz. Fatty Estima didn’t make weight, so fuck him. This is all clearly Estima and the promotion’s fault. 
    Diaz is the only reason most people would consider paying money to watch this online. He is the established talent here and the promoter/fatty Estima are making $$$ and getting exposure off of his name. Nick’s opponent and promoter should just have done what they originally said they would do.
    People are stupid cows to think the promoter/Estima can change all the conditions at the last minute and Diaz should just be expected take it in the ass from these guys and perform anyway.

  • DJ ThunderElbows
    • Nothing was changed at the last minute, man.  Things were, however, never clearly delineated ahead of time.
  • Mike Winklejohnson

    The funniest part about this is reading the spin from Gracie camp and Diaz fans… ‘no it’s never Nick’s fault, fuck everyone else, they’re too scared homie’

    Diaz should just man up and go. Tons of fighters fought when their opponents missed weight. Stop being a fucking whiny bitch…’i’ll fight anyone but if they don’t make me happy I’ll do a no show’

  • Reverend Clint

    its bjj… arent smaller fighters supposed to be equal to big guys. that the whole point


    Why is my previous comment “awaiting moderation” ?

  • Vinicius

    everybody who still doubts diaz is a joke and sulhod not yap his mouth about combative sports in general. there is a diffrence between winning against and opponent and dominating and crushing him.diaz doesn’t just come to win he crushes his competition,takes the soul of his opponents and leaves them with nothing but doubts about themselves. I mean Daley, Cyborg, Zaromskis,Noons etc., hit him with there best shots and he just walks through them and still pushed forward to wreck them.

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