Nate Diaz remains a person of UFC’s most significant stars irrespective of a apparent decision loss to Leon Edwards at this past weekend’s UFC 263 in Glendale, Ariz. His team aims to e-book him in a struggle that reflects that position.
Demian Maia, a fellow longtime veteran of the activity, competed in the closing bout of his contract with the UFC on that same night time, coming up brief from Belal Muhammad. Maia didn’t near the doorway on building a comeback to the cage for a single “last dance,” and created it distinct on social media by contacting for a fight with Diaz.
Diaz’s longtime coach Cesar Gracie, on the other hand, doesn’t like the notion.
“I know there has been speculation on whether Nate will take the struggle with Demian Maia,” Gracie wrote in a information to MMA Fighting. “Although I have not nevertheless talked to Nate about his thoughts on this fight, I can notify you that I am entirely from the thought. Demian has been a good consultant of Brazilian jiu-jitsu on the mat and in MMA. He has achieved a lot and we all respect him. He is nevertheless a hazardous opponent but I do not come to feel Nate has nearly anything to attain from this combat.
“If he were to lose, he would be dropping to a 44-calendar year-previous that is on his way out of the sport and if he won it would be to a 44-calendar year-old man that is leaving the sport. It is a no-get situation.”
Gracie admits he was amazed by the callout mainly because his group had approached Maia about most likely education with the Diaz brothers in the foreseeable future.
“We have essentially reached out to a person shut to Demian to set up some coaching with him and Nick Diaz,” Gracie wrote. “Nick and I discussed this as we viewed Demian’s previous struggle. We believed it would profit them each. I was astonished when Demian came out with his assertion to fight Nate but I am even now open to him coaching with us.”
It’s continue to unclear whether or not Maia will in fact re-enter the octagon for a last MMA struggle and who will be Diaz’s next opponent, but Gracie has an unsurprising recommendation for his talent’s eventual return.
“I would consider the trilogy as opposed to [Conor] McGregor,” he reported. “I know that Nate wants tricky fights. He is inspired by fighting the very best men.”
Diaz and McGregor competed 2 times in the UFC, when the Stockton-native replaced Rafael dos Anjos on short notice and submitted “The Notorious” in the second round at UFC 196 in March 2016. They rematched 5 months afterwards, with the Irishman emerging victorious by means of majority decision.
McGregor is slated to return on July 10, headlining UFC 264 in a trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas. The winner could be upcoming in line for UFC light-weight winner Charles Oliveira.