Diaz’s coach, Cesar Gracie: “Nick has social anxiety”
Long time friend, manager, and trainer Cesar Gracie seems to be among most others in MMA that are disappointed by Diaz’s recent actions that resulted in his removal from the biggest opportunity of his life.
“I told Dana [White] he was right to have done that,” Gracie said.
“There’s a lot of hard workers I see that have trouble putting food on the table for their kids,” Gracie said. “I’ve stuck up for Nick a lot, but I can’t stick up for him on this one.”
Gracie explains that the first mishap of missing the Toronto press conference was due to Diaz losing his passport, and notified the UFC. UFC was said to then excuse Diaz from the event, but made it clear he would need to make Vegas as Dana White clarified.
“I would have driven him to Vegas if it came to that,” Gracie said. “I don’t care. He just turned his phone off and acted like a little kid. It just doesn’t cut it.”
“Nick is like family to me. We’re going to have a long discussion, hopefully with Dana, to see if he’s still in the UFC or not. But let’s face it, Nick is 28 years old. I talked to Dana about this before, and I think a big problem with all of this is Nick has social anxiety. He doesn’t like to go and be away from home. He has no trouble fighting in the cage, though,” Gracie said.
“You can’t just not show up and [not] tell anyone anything.”
“He doesn’t feel comfortable being around people,” he said. “He has a very deep ingrained social anxiety, and it’s something he probably needs help for, I think. I think that’s why he self-medicates himself with the marijuana. That’s my amateur opinion.
“He did the same crap with Paul Daley and a couple other guys. It was the same Nick Diaz. It’s not the pressure of fighting GSP. It’s the pressure of doing a news conference before the fight. Fighting is no pressure because he gets to beat someone up or get beat up.”
Gracie still plans to stand by his long time friend and trainee, and looks to help fix the issue.
“I’ve always been there to facilitate things for him and stuck up for him even when he was wrong. If I were him, I would be calling Dana at some point basically begging for my job and giving [me] another chance to fight for the title.”