Love ’em or hate ’em, Nick Diaz is never one to back down from a fight…including the one he and his lawyers are currently in with the NSAC. So while the suits will be doing their thing, Diaz will be doing his, and will square off against one of the world’s best grapplers in Braulio Estima in a “super fight” this Saturday at the inaugural World Jiu Jitsu Expo. And when I say “one of the world’s best,” that’s not just hyperbole, it’s a fact. Here’s a quick list of Estima’s grappling accomplishments:
2009 ADCC gold medalist in -88kg and Absolute
2004, ’06, ’09 BJJ World Champion
2006 Pan Am Champion
So why is Diaz taking on such an imposing foe? According to BJJ/MMA legend Renzo Gracie, it’s because he (Diaz) wanted to fight the best: A quote from Gracie in an article from MMAMania::
“You know, the funny thing is that Nick picked this fight, he wanted to fight the best. He didn’t want to fight the second or the third you know? So that is how this match-up ended up happening. And to be honest, even I am interested to watch that very much.”
My hat’s off to Nick for taking a tough fight. So many times you see ego get in the way of superstar athletes participating in things they may not win (e.g. Home Run Derby, Slam Dunk Contest) so it’s refreshing to see a guy put himself out there like that. Not that Diaz is any kind of slouch, as he’s a Cesar Gracie black belt, but when you consider what he’s choosing to go up against, it’s a whole different ball game.
And maybe the coolest thing about this “super fight,” Diaz has decided to give 100% of his purse to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
You can watch this fight, along with seeing some of the sport’s best (e.g. Kayron Gracie, Kron Gracie, Bill Cooper and Jeff Glover) for only 9.95 via steaming HD. You can order it here.
And if you happen to be in the area of Long Beach, California, you can learn from the best in the business, as such notable BJJ luminaries such as Roger Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Robert Drysdale and Andre Galvao will be putting on FREE seminars throughout the expo. For those not “in the know,” that’s like getting private basketball coaching from Lebron, Kobe, D-Wade and Durant.
So there you go. And since it’s a quiet MMA weekend, it’s a perfect opportunity to spread your MMA horizons and see some of the best grappling in the world.