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UFC NEWS – EXCLUSIVE: Cesar Gracie Not A Fan Of His Fighters Getting Physical During Staredowns, Thinks Cerrone Is Scared, Talks Diaz vs. Condit


Coach and manager of the Diaz brothers, Cesar Gracie, recently had a chat with bjpenn.com about this weekend’s co-main event between his student, Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone.

During yesterday’s pre-fight press conference Nate Diaz was seen shoving his opponent and knocking his hat off of his head and to that Cesar had the following comments

“I’m kind of used to it really, but I’ll tell you my thoughts on it.

I never like to see people touching each other before a fight, like physically touching. Because than you might get a fight before the fight than there won’t be a fight. People won’t get paid and the fans miss out so it kind of really is not a good idea.

With that thing, I guess Cerrone said something, that’s what I heard. ‘I’m gonna get up in that ass’ or something like that, it’s like, really, you’re going to get up in someone’s ass? Well maybe you should do something like Broke Back Mountain instead of fighting with that cowboy hat on.

Nate’s not going to get punked like that, he’s not going to let a guy talk to him like that whether it’s at a fight or in the street or at the mall, whatever. But I never like to see guys fighting before a fight; it’s not a good idea.”

Just to dig a bit deeper on the subject before we actually start to dive in to breaking down the fight itself, I wanted to know if Cesar thought that either of the brothers actually had it in them to “fight before a fight.”

He said…

“I think they can keep a pretty cool head about it. I’m always worried about stuff like that, like I said I don’t think it’s very professional.

It definitely has put a lot of attention on this fight. I can pretty much guarantee fireworks coming up on Friday. But it takes two, it really does, you shouldn’t talk to some other adult male like that when it comes to fighting.

I think Cerrone kind of went over the line. I think his story of what happened when Nathan didn’t shake his hand, I don’t know if he is using that story to pump himself up, but according to Nathan that didn’t happen. He just didn’t want to sit there and be buddies with the guy because he knows he is going to have to fight him, but he never said those things that he allegedly said.

I think Cerrone might be a little scared, all that bravado and all that talking shows some insecurity in my mind. He’s trying to pump himself up and get past that. As far as fighting is concerned I’d rather focus on that and the guy Donald he has some skill and Nathan is a skilled fighter and they are both very passionate and I’m looking forward to the fight.”

The fight is tomorrow and who better to break down the styles and the matchup than Cesar Gracie. In this exclusive interview, he does just that as well as talk about the Diaz vs. Condit fight, what it means to fight for the interim title, the missed opportunity to fight GSP and much more.

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