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Cesar Gracie: “It’s not about the title. We don’t want a title.”

Manager (and mouthpiece) Cesar Gracie has put to rest rumors that Nick Diaz expressed interest in a meeting with UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva in hopes of receiving a fast-track to a title-shot. According to Gracie, Diaz’s desire doesn’t involve divisional gold but rather an opportunity to prove himself in a huge fight against one of MMA’s truly elite competitors.

“Why Anderson? Because Anderson is a huge a name, and he’s talking the talk that we’re talking about. He’s talking about doing super-fights. He’s talking about fighting outside of his weight. He’s talking about the things that Nick’s been talking about, that Nick did when he was with Strikeforce, that Nick is into…that’s why,” explained Gracie in an interview with MiddleEasy, adding, “And he’s exciting, he’s a great fighter.”

“It’s not about the title. We don’t want a title. It could be at 185 and we don’t want the title,” continued Gracie. “Nick isn’t trying to be disrespectful to other great middleweights out there…this is about fighting, a super-fight.”

Gracie also clarified that the match-up Diaz truly wants is with Georges St-Pierre, but GSP’s forthcoming date with Carlos Condit has essentially ruled the possibility out for at least the immediate future.


  • Rece Rock says:

    Cesar Gracie: “It’s not about the title. We don’t want a title…. WE WANT ANDERSON SILVA MONEY!!!!!”

  • Richard Stabone says:

    I’d much rather see a super fight put together between Silva & Jones (assuming Jones beats Hendo on 9/1), but since that’s unlikely to happen this would be a fun alternative plan.

    On the one hand, it’s a pretty silly matchup to even talk about. Nick’s best win above LW is BJ Penn, who’s always been sort of a fringe top-10 guy at 170. Meanwhile, Anderson is a weight class above 170 and, oh by the way, the most accomplished fighter of all time. Nick brings a 7-5 career UFC record to the table.

    But if you toss logic out the window, book it as a catch weight special engagement, and just have fun with it… I’d definitely pay to watch it unfold. It cracks me up imagining Nick with his arms extended pawing at the air, talking shit to Silva, moving into the pocket ready to throw his flurry of jabs & body shots. Would Silva smile at him, dance a little bit to feel things out, and take a methodical approach in picking him apart? Would he just go for the kill right from the get go? Something in between? I want to find out.

  • Big Stank says:

    I think Diaz is wanting to FIGHT someone, not have a wrestling match or worse, a run for ur life match (shame on u Carlos)

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Diaz would definitely have a fight on his hands if this matchup comes to fruition. Like I said, I’d love to see it happen. I just think this is sort of a beer goggles type of matchup.

    If you take a step back and assess things from a rational, sober perspective this matchup doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But fuck that… there’s nothing else more attractive out there right now, so might as well have fun with it.

  • Screenplaya says:

    Stylisticially, this fight would be AWESOME. It is now the superfight I most want to see. Anderson will probably be stunned to face a guy that WANTS to stand right in front of him and trade. And if Nick gets into trouble, there is a good chance we will get to see how good Anderson’s Jitsu is.

    Make it at 180 or something like that, and make it happen!

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    180 imo is unfair to Nick but I think he would take it.
    Think about it if its 180 Silva could come in at as much as 181 and thats only 4 pnds lighter than a title fight but 11 pnds heavier than Diazs title fight weight.
    I dont know but I think 178 is fair. Silva would only have to cut another 6 and Diaz would only be fighting a guy a little bit bigger.
    Im pretty sure you can still be 1 pnd over at a catch weight.


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