- Nate Diaz’s coach Cesar Gracie assessed Khamzat Chimaev ahead of UFC 279
- Gracie opened up about what he thinks of Nick or Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
The drama between the UFC and Nate Diaz is slowly coming to an end and both parties apparently decided to cap things off by slating the former Ultimate Fighter winner against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279.
Ahead of the bout, Diaz’s coach Cesar Gracie talked about how he sees Chimaev coming in and the idea of reigniting the trilogy fight with Conor McGregor.
Too much confidence is not good
In a recent interview with Submission Radio, Gracie said that ultimately, Diaz is the better fighter, be it in the stand-up or on the ground. While he can’t specify how the UFC veteran can get the job done on “Borz,” Gracie stressed that Chimaev’s confidence leading up to the fight could “work into Nate’s favor.”
“I think Nate has better hands than [Gilbert] Burns does. And I think another is that Khamzat, he comes at you with a lot of passion and he wants to finish you,” Gracie said. “He’s already said that this is going to be Nate’s funeral. He’s putting the pressure on himself to finish this fight pretty quick. And if he comes out hard like that, I think that’ll work into Nate’s favor to be honest with you.”
“I think Nate has to bring him into deep water,” he added. “Obviously, [he’s] got to be in shape to do that. Nate’s always in shape. Standing up, I give the edge to Nate. On the ground, I think Nate is a better grappler. But you’re fighting a younger guy that’s strong. It’s definitely a tough fight but there’s ways to win this fight.”
Nick Vs. McGregor?
Considering UFC 279 would really be Nate’s final UFC fight, Gracie said that he’s in favor of pushing through with the Diaz vs. McGregor 3 because if that happens, the promotion would have to “pay Nate what he’s worth.”
When asked about his thoughts on having Nick Diaz taking on McGregor instead, Gracie was quick to admit that he’s vouching for it. However, Gracie said that at this point, Nick still considers McGregor as Nate’s fight. Hence, Nate would have to literally tell his older brother that he wouldn’t fight McGregor anymore before Nick goes for it.
“Oddly enough, my personal point of view on that is that’s the fight I wanna see,” Gracie admitted. “I would love to see Nick and McGregor fight. 100 percent. Because I think it would be insane. It would be great. I think they both have respect for each other and their skills and everything… but Nick is such a loyal guy to his brother, to Nate that he looks at that as Nate’s fight and he does not want to step on his toes. Now if Nate turned to him and go ‘hey look, I’m never going to fight that guy’ type of a thing, then Nick would definitely do it.
“I think the trilogy makes sense,” he continued. “And I think Nate leaving, and then they would have to pay him what he’s worth to come back so I think it’s a smart move because the offers coming in for Nate from other organizations, from very famous boxers, by the way, have been calling in to fight Nate when he’s out and offering a lot of money to do it. They’re very well known boxers.”
Indeed, it will be interesting to see what lies ahead of Nate Diaz outside the UFC. Until then, he needs to come out victorious at UFC 279 against one of the most celebrated rising stars at present.