Saturday’s Diaz vs Daley Strikeforce card is all about where fights go down. Will Fancy Pants vs Aoki end up completely on the feet? Will Nick Diaz finally try to take someone down to the ground? If it was up to his coach Cesar Gracie, he would. But you know Nick…
“I would obviously like to see it hit the ground, so it would be great for us because Diaz can showcase his jiu-jitsu skills, which are incredible. actually. He’s a black belt under me, one of the few that have succeeded in making it to black belt and I would love him to get down there and tap this guy out just like my last guy that fought him, Jake Shields, tapped him out.”
“So, it would be great if it hit the ground and he was able to show some nifty moves or something like that, but I’m confident with Nick’s stand-up also. We’ve had some outstanding boxers come out. We had Omar Henry, who’s a 10-0 boxer, 8 KOs, about the same size as Paul Daley, knockout power, the whole thing, and I had him out for like a week. So, Nick is ready for everything at this point and I know there’s variables and with those gloves anything can happen.
“But… I mean, again, I don’t want to, I just want to say that if Nick is not able to put this on the mat or unwilling to, you know how Nick is, you tell him to do something and he might do the opposite, so if that’s not going to happen (then) I’m very confident about his stand-up.”
The perception of Nick Diaz as an unmanageable hothead is as prevalent as that Fedor the Russian Country Bumpkin caricature. There’s obviously way more proof that Nick really is that way – he skips conference calls, public workouts, and seems happy to shoot himself in the foot whenever handed a gun to do so. But does this extend into the gym where his coaches (and anyone with two brain cells left to rub together) are telling him to take Paul Daley down and submit him?