Trainer Cesar Gracie expects Nate Diaz to be his first UFC champ

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jjeans
12/5/12 6:01:09AM
If Nate Diaz emerges victorious against UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at Saturday's UFC on FOX 5 event at Seattle's KeyArena, the 27-year-old will become the first Cesar Gracie fighter to hold gold in the UFC.

Gracie's Pleasant Hill, Calif. academy has groomed other talent to UFC title shots, including Gil Castillo, who suffered a loss to then-welterweight champ Matt Hughes at UFC 40 back in 2002. Additionally, prominent jiu-jitsu black belts who now represent the camp – Dave Terrell, Jake Shields and Nick Diaz – also have come up short in recent title fights. Nate's older brother, Nick, is the most recent to walk away without the grand prize after he dropped a unanimous decision to Carlos Condit in an interim welterweight title bout at UFC 143 in February.

So what makes Gracie's latest title challenger likely to bring home the goods?

"If I've learned something," Gracie told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) about his decade-plus prepping fighters to become UFC champions, "it's don't let the hype get to you."



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sparky
12/5/12 8:02:01AM
I hope he is right but, my gut is screaming Bendo on decision
JLS1980
12/5/12 12:11:38PM
I think Nate has a far better chance of wearing the UFC Gold than any of the Cesar Gracie Guys. He's got a legit shot at beating Bendo.
I think his chances of beating Bendo are far better than Nick beating the Welterweight GOAT.
Wallass
12/5/12 12:16:48PM
The Diaz's kryptonite has always been solid wrestlers with great sub defense and Henderson is just that. I got Henderson by unanimous decision but if the Diaz who beat Jim Miller shows up and not the one who fought Clay Guida and Gray Maynard than I think we will have a new champion!
postman
12/5/12 1:28:43PM

Posted by JLS1980

I think Nate has a far better chance of wearing the UFC Gold than any of the Cesar Gracie Guys. He's got a legit shot at beating Bendo.
I think his chances of beating Bendo are far better than Nick beating the Welterweight GOAT.



I think Gills has the best chance of any of them.
JLS1980
12/5/12 2:05:32PM

Posted by postman


Posted by JLS1980

I think Nate has a far better chance of wearing the UFC Gold than any of the Cesar Gracie Guys. He's got a legit shot at beating Bendo.
I think his chances of beating Bendo are far better than Nick beating the Welterweight GOAT.



I think Gills has the best chance of any of them.



Gil isn't fighting for a championship this weekend or no time soon that I am aware of. So Nate has the best chance since he is on a roll and fighting for the belt in a few days.
postman
12/5/12 2:09:31PM

Posted by JLS1980


Posted by postman


Posted by JLS1980

I think Nate has a far better chance of wearing the UFC Gold than any of the Cesar Gracie Guys. He's got a legit shot at beating Bendo.
I think his chances of beating Bendo are far better than Nick beating the Welterweight GOAT.



I think Gills has the best chance of any of them.



Gil isn't fighting for a championship this weekend or no time soon that I am aware of. So Nate has the best chance since he is on a roll and fighting for the belt in a few days.



But he is fighting a guy who holds every key to beating him. I'm aware of who is fighting when and I still think that Gill has the better chance, even if time isn't on his side at the moment.
infestructure
12/5/12 2:11:02PM

Posted by Wallass

The Diaz's kryptonite has always been solid wrestlers with great sub defense and Henderson is just that. I got Henderson by unanimous decision but if the Diaz who beat Jim Miller shows up and not the one who fought Clay Guida and Gray Maynard than I think we will have a new champion!



The Diaz that fought cowboy would be nice too..
JLS1980
12/5/12 2:19:43PM

Posted by infestructure


Posted by Wallass

The Diaz's kryptonite has always been solid wrestlers with great sub defense and Henderson is just that. I got Henderson by unanimous decision but if the Diaz who beat Jim Miller shows up and not the one who fought Clay Guida and Gray Maynard than I think we will have a new champion!



The Diaz that fought cowboy would be nice too..



Oh shit, I almost forgot about that after what Nate did to Jim. But I didn't forget about that split decision that Bendo won in his last fight.
tcunningham
12/5/12 2:20:55PM

Posted by Wallass

The Diaz's kryptonite has always been solid wrestlers with great sub defense and Henderson is just that. I got Henderson by unanimous decision but if the Diaz who beat Jim Miller shows up and not the one who fought Clay Guida and Gray Maynard than I think we will have a new champion!



i agree with all of this statement except the jim miller part. i thought bendo put a beating on miller also so i dont think thats a real accurate comparison. i do think that bendo is in for a tough fight and i think he definitely in danger but im going to still pick bendo by UD, his wrestling and sub defense is top notch
Bubbles
12/5/12 2:27:14PM
Jake Shields will beat Anderson Silva
airkerma
12/6/12 8:55:47AM

Posted by Bubbles

Jake Shields will beat Anderson Silva


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jjeans
12/6/12 9:12:12AM

Posted by Bubbles

Jake Shields will beat Anderson Silva



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