Cesar Gracie: Silva 'Way Too Big' for GSP; Carlos Condit 'Afraid' of Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz's head trainer doesn't think that many fans will enjoy watching a UFC 143 main-event rematch between his star pupil and a timid, point-fighting Carlos Condit.
At least, that's the way Cesar Gracie sees things, speculating that a second fight between Diaz and Condit would play out exactly like the first. Although a potential rematch "made sense" right after the fallout, it never came to fruition after Diaz tested positive for marijuana and found himself benched from the title picture for the rest of the year.
In a chat with MiddleEasy, Gracie laid out his case against Diaz vs. Condit II:
You know, [Condit] really doesn't interest me at all. Right after the fight, they were trying to set something up like that, which made a lot of sense. I don't think it's going to change. I think you're going to see Nick stalking Condit down and it's going to be another disinteresting fight.
I think Condit is really afraid to engage with Nick, to stand with him. I think he's just going to back up and do his little baby leg kicks and hope the judges see it his way again. It's just not an interesting fight. It would be hard to get motivated for it, I think, for the fans.
However, Gracie isn't completely opposed to the idea of Diaz having to get through another title eliminator. Diaz's coach noted that fighters like Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck and Demian Maia are doing the smart thing by calling out his student since "they realize fans want to see Nick" and "it would be a big fight for them" in the long run.
Diaz is definitely a fighter who's unlikely to be seen in anything but a main-event fight, having headlined two UFC pay-per-view events, four Strikeforce cards and DREAM 14—all since January 2010.
Gracie also threw in his two cents about the rumored Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre superfight, saying that he would certainly watch it. But the famed trainer agrees that the lanky Silva is still "way too big" for GSP, who's been getting "kind of beat-up" in his last few fights.
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