Sorry Cesar Gracie fans - the dream is dead. Nick Diaz was the third member of Team Gracie to tap out in the first round of our tournament, following in the footsteps on brother Nate and teammate Jake Shields. Fabricio Werdum was the man to do the honors this time. The #2 seed now moves on to an amazing all-Brazil clash with Jacare Souza.
Today, the opening round wraps up, and, if I do say so myself, we have saved the best for last. #4 Masakazu Imanari vs. #5 Carlos Newton. Neither man is as known to the casual fan, but this is probably the most fascinating match-up of the opening round to me. Really have no idea how this will play out, and I'm ready to find out. Let's go.
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Thanks to June M. Williams for the tournament bracket graphic.