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

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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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I hope he is right but, my gut is screaming Bendo on decision

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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

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Jake Shields will beat Anderson Silva


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Jake Shields will beat Anderson Silva



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