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Anderson Silva Has “Weak Chin,” Says Cesar Gracie

Anderson Silva Has “Weak Chin,” Says Cesar Gracie

Cesar Gracie sees a finish coming this January when Nick Diaz returns to the Octagon to face Anderson Silva.

The scheduled five-round middleweight main event for UFC 183 will also see Silva fight for the first time since a gruesome broken leg suffered this past December against Chris Weidman.

“I believe it’s going to be a stand-up fight the entire time,” said Gracie, in an interview with MMA Fighting. “Nick is better on the ground, his jiu-jitsu is better, but I believe it’s going to be a stand-up fight and it won’t last five rounds.

“I think it will be over before five rounds; someone will get knocked out.”

Gracie, who works with Diaz in California, isn’t betting on his fighter getting dropped. Silva has lost two straight to Weidman, suffering his first defeats inside the Octagon.

“Nick is hard to knock out, he was knocked out only once in the beginning of his career,” Gracie said. “Anderson is bigger than Nick, but he’s turning 40 now and his chin is not the same anymore.

“If Nick can get in there and punch him, I think he wins this fight. Nick will turn 31 in August, he’s just a kid. Anderson is fast and dangerous. I don’t know who’s going to win, but I know it’s going to be a good fight.”

Diaz hasn’t fought since 2009 above welterweight when he defeated both Frank Shamrock and Scott Smith at 180 pounds. He retired after a loss to Georges St-Pierre for the UFC title, and will be stepping back into the Octagon for the first time in over two years when he meets Silva.

“He was training, but he really retired,” Gracie said. “He wanted more money and everything, and he didn’t train like he used to. He was more relaxed, doing things he liked.”

The last time a fight involving Diaz was stopped early on his behalf came in 2007 due to a cut vs. K.J. Noons. His only true knockout loss came via TKO in 2002 in his fifth career fight to Jeremy Jackson.

Jackson retired in 2007 and holds two wins in three fights over Diaz. He submitted him at UFC 44 and lost to him in their first meeting in 2002.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Nick Diaz had two wins over Jeremy Jackson , not the other way round. The rubber match was the only time they fought in the Ufc, Diaz got a kimura I believe. First fight Jackson got a tko in under a minute, second fight was a title fight in ifc, Diaz win late in the first by tko

  • Dufresne says:

    I’m not sold on Anderson having a weak chin just yet. Yes, he has been dropped by some guys with questionable power like Chael, but Weidman hits pretty damn hard. And that left he landed on Anderson in their first fight was picture perfect placement with the added benefit of catching Anderson at a point where he had no room to roll with the shot.

    I’m a big Diaz fan, but I just don’t see how Diaz wins this fight. His BJJ might actually be better than Anderson’s, but we’ll probably never get to find out since his takedowns aren’t good enough for him to pull it to the ground. And yes he’s a pretty talented MMA boxer, but Anderson is bigger, stronger, faster, and on top of being a very talented MMA boxer he’s also a supremely talented MMA kick boxer. I guess it is possible for Diaz to catch Anderson with a shot and swarm him on the ground, but outside of that I just don’t see Diaz winning this fight in any way other than in regards to pay.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    I’m the same, huge Diaz fan, but I just don’t see him winning. Though I also didn’t think Chris Weidman had a chance either. even I don’t listen to my opinion most days

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’m actually one of the few who said Weidman would win the first fight, and got a lot of flack for, but I don’t see Diaz winning. I also don’t see how they can say Silva has a weak chin when he got finished once just like Nick. The second fight Silva looked like he’d already been beaten, I don’t think he will look like that this time. I also think Diaz will pay if he drops his hands and talks trash or flips Silva off like he usually does, although the funny (Lame) potential is there for them both to drop hands talk trash to each other at the same time and nothing happen.


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