Continuing a long pattern throughout his career, Nick Diaz decided to no show last night, for his BJJ superfight with Braulio Estima. The match had been finalized for weeks, and with the event broadcasting live via web stream from the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo, BJJ and MMA fans from around the world were very excited for the match up.
As of Saturday morning, rumors were flying about the match being in jeopardy due to Estima not being at the agreed upon weight of 180lbs. Estima, who flew from the UK to make the commitment, was supposedly told to weigh in at 180lbs on the Friday prior to the bout, but according to multiple sources, was 9lbs over. Upon hearing the news, Diaz was said to be very upset, as he felt Estima had not done his part to come in at the agreed weight. To be fair, Estima did in fact make the agreed weight the following day, and with the tough weight cut, it only would have served to Nick’s advantage during the match. So that again begs the question, why not just show up and compete?
Nick’s history with this type of behavior has almost become legendary though. Along with being known to no-show seminars, previous issues when trying to put together fights with names like Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and as recently as last year with Georges St. Pierre, have all left a sour taste in fans mouths. Nick’s actions last night, only amplified his previous bad judgement calls, as fans in person, along with all the viewers who spent money on the live stream, were all told that Nick was not there to compete (Estima was actually on the mat waiting for Diaz to show up).
For all his exciting fights, and brilliant performances, there seems to be an equal amount of disappointment from fans around the world. We should all know by now, that Nick Diaz only marches to the beat of his own drum, but at what point will MMA fans get tired of these antics? And in the end, will this be a case of a fighters success inside the cage, being overshadowed by his actions outside the cage?