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While Nick Diaz has developed his hands in recent years, he has always been an amazing Jiu-Jitsu fighter under the tutelage of Cesar Gracie. In a world where it seems like nearly every mixed martial artist has a black belt, a black belt from Gracie means a great deal.
Diaz has one of the craftiest ground games in the division and if Georges St-Pierre can put him on his back, he'll constantly have to be aware of submission attempts.
Many finally became aware of Diaz's unorthodox guard after his gogoplata of Takanori Gomi at Pride 33.
While Diaz doesn't have very strong wrestling skills, he has been able to rely on his excellent Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu whenever the fight does hit the ground. He won't want to spend too much time with St-Pierre on top of him, but he certainly won't be out of his element if it happens.
BJ Penn was able to control Diaz on the ground in the first round, but it was a very short period before he got back to his feet.