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 MMAFighting.com. “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.