Quantcast

Cesar Gracie: Nick Diaz pays his taxes, may have had mole in his camp

Nick DiazCesar Gracie dismissed the notion that Nick Diaz has never paid taxes, and also implied that his fighter may have had a mole in his camp leading up to UFC 158.

Gracie, who trains and manages Diaz, made his comments during an interview with Ariel Helwani Monday on “The MMA Hour.” Diaz stole headlines despite losing to Georges St-Pierre Saturday by claiming that he was probably going to jail because he never paid his taxes. Gracie told Helwani that is not true, and that Diaz probably misspoke Saturday.

“I just have to invest a little more money (in training),” Diaz said after the fight. “Now that I have a little bit more money. I’ve never paid taxes in my life and I’ll probably go to jail.”

Diaz made his comments in a casual manner. Gracie says Diaz often contradicts himself and frequently thinks aloud, which results in wild comments like that. He told Helwani that Diaz probably meant to say he needs to file his taxes for the year.

“He has paid taxes. I think he misspoke; it’s about filing,” Gracie told Helwani. “I talked to Nick a couple years ago about tax issues he was having. As far as paying taxes, he would pay the tax and probably more than he needed to the last two years. He’s paid hundreds of thousands in taxes. He’s not in a James Toney situation or Wesley Snipes. I think his issue is he needs to properly file, so he needs to get together with a good accountant. But he has paid a lot of money in taxes.”

Gracie said he’s not aware of Diaz being in any legal trouble because of his taxes.

Gracie also said in the interview that he felt like GSP was one step ahead of Diaz the entire fight. Gracie found that odd and seemed to believe there may have been a mole in his camp.

[Read more...]

Nick Diaz’s camp complains about GSP’s hand wraps before fight

GSP Nick Diaz

Nick Diaz has spent the entire week leading up to his fight with Georges St-Pierre trying to get inside the champion’s head, and the trend seemed to continue in the hour before their fight at UFC 158 in Montreal Saturday.

UFC middleweight/welterweight Jake Shields, who trains with Diaz under Cesar Gracie, complained before the fight that GSP’s wraps looked “shady.”

Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole later reported that Shields went to talk to UFC president Dana White at ringside. According to what White told Iole, a UFC official went to check GSP’s wraps along with someone from the commission. Diaz’s camp apparently didn’t like the way GSP’s hands were wrapped, though the commission didn’t seem to see an issue.

I don’t know what the implications are for the complaint, but Diaz may have a built-in excuse if he loses. Now we can add hand wraps and steroids to the list of complaints Diaz has against GSP.

Nick Diaz accuses GSP of being on ‘plenty of steroids’

Nick Diaz is getting reckless with his accusations against Georges St-Pierre.

The two will meet Saturday at UFC 158 in Montreal, and now there is something fresh on everyone’s minds — accusations from Diaz (pictured) that his opponent is using “plenty of steroids.”

Diaz hinted during the pre-UFC 158 press conference Thursday that GSP is on steroids. That caused an angry St-Pierre to respond.

“I’m not on steroids, man,” said St-Pierre. “I never cheated once in my life.”

“We’ll see if they test who for steroids or what,” Diaz responded.

“I hope they do. I hope they do,” GSP shot back.

“You hope they do? What, for me to test positive for steroids?” asked Diaz. “Ain’t gonna happen.”

Later in the day, Diaz did a radio interview with “Tim and Sid” on 590 The Fan in Toronto and continued his accusations.

[Read more...]

GSP goes off on Nick Diaz, calls him an ‘uneducated fool’

GSP Nick Diaz

There’s a reason Dana White gets so frustrated when Nick Diaz skips his media responsibilities before a fight. On Thursday, we saw exactly why.

Diaz baited Georges St-Pierre several times throughout Thursday’s UFC 158 media conference call, prompting angry responses from the champion while successfully promoting their Mar. 16 fight in Montreal. Diaz commented multiple times about GSP’s alleged privileged lifestyle, leading to several heated exchanges between the two. GSP denied Diaz’s accusations and fired back at his opponent, calling him an “uneducated fool.”

Diaz’s rant seemed to be inspired by GSP’s revelation that he has never tweeted and that he actually has staffers who handle that for him. That seemed to set off Diaz, who dropped several curse words throughout his incoherent rambling.

You can listen to the exchange below. Beware that the language is NSFW:

[Read more...]

Dana White: Nick Diaz not responding to my calls, texts

There are two things we know about Nick Diaz: he is a great fighter, and he is very elusive. OK, three things. So it comes as no surprise to hear UFC president Dana White say that Diaz has been unresponsive to his communication efforts recently.

“Nick Diaz doesn’t return my calls, my texts … nothing,” an amused White told the media recnetly. “You don’t have to call me, you don’t have to text me, but you do have to show up to the press conference.”

White’s remark about showing up to the press conferences was a reference to Diaz missing flights to do promotional press conferences prior to his UFC 137 fight against Georges St-Pierre. Diaz was pulled from the main event and eventually fought BJ Penn.

Though Diaz is hard to reach, White isn’t worried when it comes to the big picture.

“Nick Diaz shows up for fights,” said White. “And Nick Diaz shows up and fights his ass off when the fight is there. He’s not a big fan of the pre-fight promotion, but you have to do it.”

Diaz is scheduled to finally get his shot at GSP over a year after the two were initially supposed to fight. As for Diaz’s behavior, when someone ignores their boss, there’s only one way to describe it: that’s a boss move.

Video of White’s comments are below (with some NSFW language):

[Read more...]

Nick Diaz: GSP is a p—y who can’t take a punch

Nick Diaz was back with his dashboard cam-style videos, providing analysis for last weekend’s UFC 154 card while criticizing Georges St-Pierre.

Two videos were published on YouTube Wednesday, but the uploader indicates the videos were recorded Saturday Nov. 17 before GSP beat Carlos Condit in Montreal.

Here’s what Diaz said via MMA Mania:

“Then you look at Georges, like Georges is a f—ing p—y,” Diaz says in the video. “So if he takes a punch from Condit it’s like, ‘what are you gonna do, bro? You can’t take that punch!’ You’ll see Condit come out, boom, boom, and all of a sudden Georges has fallen victim and it’s terrible. Georges can’t take those punches like that. He’s got Freddie Roach in there babying him up, I don’t think he’s doing any serious work with anybody, I don’t think he’s giving anybody any serious work. I don’t think they would be confident having him spar with somebody that’s going to put real punches on him.”

Diaz also analyzed the Condit-St-Pierre fight and talked about the strategy GSP would likely use. His predictions were pretty accurate, though he says GSP’s techniques wouldn’t work on him.

Diaz has been calling out GSP for a while, and the two were actually supposed to fight in February until St-Pierre pulled out with an injury. Nick is currently under a one-year suspension after testing positive for marijuana following his loss to Condit. He will be eligible to fight again in February, and it seems like he’s angling for another chance at GSP.

Below is video of his comments (NSFW language):

[Read more...]

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva? Not happening says Dana White

Nick Diaz said he was done with MMA after losing a unanimous decision to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in February, but his trainer Cesar Gracie wrote last week that Diaz is looking to return to the sport.

In a posting on his website last Friday, Gracie stated that Diaz wanted to challenge Anderson Silva:

Nick has stated that he would like to take fights “that matter”. Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge.

Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP, possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.

Diaz is currently under suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana following the fight (I guess he’s not as good at beating tests as he thinks he is), but he and his team are appealing the year-long suspension.

Whenever he does get cleared to return to the UFC, he won’t be fighting Silva.

“I can tell you this, not theoretically – Diaz/Anderson is not going to happen,” UFC President Dana White told MMA Junkie. “That’s just ridiculous.”

White pointed out that Diaz lost to Condit at 170 pounds, so jumping to 185 to face Silva doesn’t make sense. White also seems to be leaning toward a GSP-Silva fight should he set up a superfight for the Spider. That makes more sense. Diaz is still considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters, but he needs to prove it once again by getting a win first.