Nick Diaz’s UFC Return Worries His Former Coach

Nick Diaz’s UFC return is causing his former coach, Cesar Gracie, to worry. 

Diaz faces Vicente Luque at UFC Abu Dhabi on August 3, his first fight since facing Robbie Lawler at UFC 266. Diaz lost the 2021 clash, taking his UFC record to four losses in a row. His last UFC victory was against B.J. Penn at UFC 137 in 2011. Diaz has made several changes to his camp as he returns at the age of 40.

He is not working with Gracie. Meanwhile, he has shifted his training set-up from Stockton, California, to Texas. Nick has also been overshadowed by Nate Diaz, who is coming off a win against Jorge Masvidal in their boxing clash. Gracie was unsure how Diaz had left at this stage of his career.

“Nick is a tough guy. But it just doesn’t make that much sense to me where Nick is at in his career. It’s not the fight I would have made, and don’t even know what’s going on with that fight, to be honest with you… It’s a toss-up what’s gonna happen. I don’t really see him training with fighters. And I don’t know what’s going on with that fight.

“He’s just not really part of the training with the guys right now. Like normally right now, he’d be training with Jake Shields. He’d be training with his brother. He would have been sparring. Nick was not there last night, for example, for Nate’s fight… No bad blood or anything whatsoever. It’s just I think that the people that are holding on to Nick right now in Texas wanna hold on to Nick. And so I hope they take good care of him,” Gracie said


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