Cesar Gracie is Master Splinter — which consequently makes Nick and Nate Diaz, Gilbert Melendez, and Jake Shields a teenage mutant ninja turtle that has an extreme obsession with pizza and rocking primary-colored head bands. Going out on a limb, I think we can all agree that Nick Diaz is the Raphael of the group. Gilbert Melendez may fit the role of joke-cracking Michelangelo, which leaves Donatello and Leonardo for Nate Diaz and Jake Shields. The real question is: who deserves to rock the double katanas and has earned a sexually ambiguous relationship with April. Conventional wisdom would tell one that Nate Diaz is indeed the Leonardo of the group, leaving Jake Shields to rock the bo staff and purple head band. In this instance, the mutagen that transforms the turtles into the veritable ass-kickers they are is synonymous with some radioactive strand of marijuana they stumbled on around Stockton, California.
Judging by the above-mentioned scenario, would that make Greg Jackson Shredder? Nah, that’s nonsense — and an insult to one of the greatest coaches of all time. Although in a recent FCF interview, Cesar Gracie stated that Greg Jackson’s coaching style will just not capture the imagination and trust of the MMA fans. Check out the quote below:
Number one, let me say that I really don’t know Greg personally, so I don’t want to say anything against his character because I don’t have anything personal against him. But I look at things from the angle of fighting, and the guys I admired coming up were the Chuck Liddells of the world…the champs that fought anybody, and I see the people out of Greg Jackson’s and it’s a different approach. I don’t think that approach is going to capture the imagination and trust of the fans.
When I see people trying to get the decision by dancing around, and I see a lot of that with one particular camp, then yeah, I’m going to criticize it. I think this is another reflection of that. Don’t take this fight, who knows why, because strategically it might not be good for you.
I’m not privy to their circumstances, but from looking at it just cut and dry, I wouldn’t do the same thing,. I wouldn’t tell my guy “don’t fight” because Chael and Henderson are similar. They’re wrestlers who pack a hard punch and it’s a very similar fight, except Chael hasn’t been training, so I would have definitely had them fight.
In a perfect world, I’ll track down Greg Jackson in his hotel in Manila for ONE FC and ask him to respond to Cesar Gracie’s statement. In a more realistic world, I’ll probably just be swept to some bar during the day and get lost in one of those public transit buses that looks like a hybrid ice cream truck.