Braulio Estima Responds To Cesar Gracie's Statement In A Big Way

Braulio shows the Stormtrooper who's the boss with Saulo Ribeiro on the right and Bruno "Mamute" Paulista on the left. Photo via Braulio's Twitter.

As perhaps the closing shot in this strange Brazilian jiu jitsu tragicomedy, Braulio Estima responded to Cesar Gracie's account of the famous Nick Diaz No Show at the World Jiu Jitsu Expo last Friday and Saturday.

I use the word "tragicomedy" because there is a minor happy ending to all this, in that the Diaz Brothers website has indeed made a donation to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital as Mike Straka confirms.

Braulio's words to Cesar:

@CesarGracieBJJ Hi César i was reading yr statement. vry interesting points..


1st- When junior approached me 2 Offer me the fight I was actually training at the blackzilians at the time so obviously I was training Mma. Junior told me abt nick not wanting 2 fight an Mma fighter. I nevr fought before so he said it was fine & y u dnt cancel the fight before if ths was really an issue..??

2nd- nobody has ever bended no rules for me. Because there was no rules set to start off with, it wasnt going to be a UFC match but a superfight on a BJJ Expo so the whole point here was for us to show a fight..has Nick signed a contract that stated the date time and weight that we both need to reach? I didn't. And since this whole thing was going to be a friendly event I really don't see any issue here even if Nick turned up 10lbs overweight.

Related Bloody Elbow Links: How the Nick Diaz-Braulio Estima Situation Spiraled Out of Control | Tweet of the Day: Braulio Estima Reacts to Nick Diaz No Show | Braulio/Diaz Superfight Live Discussion


The rest of Braulio's statement is after the jump...

Still when asked I went and dropped the weight to meet the requirement. Actually to put things straight it was myself that called Junior around 10pm Friday to check if there is going to be a weigh in at all. He kept contacting you and got back to me saying I need to be 180 that time, of course I said I can't for the simple reason I was away in Irvine and it was already late at night but I said sure no problem I'll make it first thing in the morning if needed, even if it would put me in a bigger disadvantage I didnt care I just came to fight. Junior had actually called me back no later than midnight that he spoke to you and confirmed the weigh in for 10am.

Besides when did Nick actually weigh in? And who witnessed that if we are being so strict and proffessional?

3rd - you are saying Nick had left by 10am Saturday morning? Why you never said anything then? I even asked you I'd like to see him and his weight and you said he's not gonna come down because he ate already and wouldn't make the weight anymore. And Lana after speaking to you called his room and said he was actually there sleeping. Nobody at any point had mentioned he could have left. Leaving me believing we would fight till the very last minute, now youre talking about lack of proffesionalism in the organisation of the superfight and this was very professional behaviour right?

There is many more points here that I don't agree with but I am just fed up of this whole situation and don't agree for anyone to ever release the blame from Nick for whatever reason, we were there to fight and that's what should happen no excuses, we are both professional athletes and should respect one another no matter what. And this is inexcusable.

The name "Junior" refers to Nalty Junior, the World Jiu Jitsu Expo marketer and a Floridian who has been around the BJJ and MMA industries for quite some time. At least one interview with Nalty is forthcoming this week with Damon Martin over at MMA Weekly.

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