Nick Diaz fought Robbie Lawler with two ruptured discs in his neck
By means of now you’ve most certainly heard all of the vague rumors of Nick Diaz being forced into his fight towards Robbie Lawler and not being appropriately able for the fight. A lot of that may have appeared like same old post-loss excuses, on the other hand now that the specifics are coming out it’s sudden that Nick did as smartly towards Robbie Lawler as he did.
In a brand new interview with Submission Radio, Nick’s longtime teacher and just right pal Cesar Gracie spilled the entire tea, and it kind of feels Diaz was fighting with a in particular serious neck injury.
“So Nick, he went into that fight and his neck was gorgeous messed up,” Gracie mentioned. “Robbie’s a great, tricky fighter and the whole thing. And, Nick was doing great. And then you definitely more or less see Nick more or less merely more or less fading for the reason that fight wore on. So, Nick had an operation very now not too way back proper right here seven weeks prior to now. So, two of the discs had ruptured in his neck previous than the fight. So, he was having numbness of the hands. That’s why he didn’t make 170. He fought at 185, is explanation why it was unimaginable to train.”
“He merely didn’t have any energy. He didn’t have what you’re used to, the Nick Diaz, you already know, he didn’t have it. So, we after all were ready to transport and he got an operation and he put the titanium discs in his neck. So, he’s feeling great from that at this time. And it’s like we’re getting the former Nick once more, which is in truth good. So, now that that’s happened, we’re taking a look forward to the scientific medical doctors. He’s got any other appointment I imagine next month. And then he will have to be cleared to start out his exhausting training over again. Because of at this time he can best run and hit the pads and the whole thing.”
“On the other hand he certainly must fight,” Gracie mentioned. “And the UFC, I’ve been concerned with them, they just actually referred to as me the other day asking about Nick, and there’s some gorgeous cool fight alternatives which may also be in front other people.”
Gracie went on to say that Nick was confused into fighting at UFC 266 because of he nevertheless had to pay the Nevada rate $75,000 for his 2015 marijuana suspension, plus an undisclosed amount in once more taxes. While the UFC was ready to pay Diaz more than his provide contract stipulated, they insisted he compete at UFC 266 if he wanted the bump in money.
“I indicate, he did upper than I thought he was gonna do,” Gracie mentioned. “Because of in truth, I can tell you, Nick’s training, previous than, the person trains day-to-day like a maniac, he runs triathlons. And I would possibly take him to the fitness center and he’d do a little issue, and then goes ‘I can’t, I can’t’. And I certainly not knew what was that fallacious with him, you already know?”
“So, after the fight and the whole thing, we stored in search of what’s happening – explanation why he passed his pre-fight stuff – and after all we got the ones MRIs on his neck, and the doctor mentioned, ‘look, I can now not believe you merely fought. You shouldn’t be walking’. So, the UFC did on his insurance plans issue, regardless of, they paid for his operation. He went to the equivalent place where I imagine Ozzie Osborne the singer merely had his neck operated on. He went to the equivalent place of Los Angeles and have been for the reason that operation.”
“They took out the former discs, two of them,” Gracie endured. “They decrease you throughout the neck correct proper right here. They move in. They pulled out the disc, they put titanium discs in. And now the bone has to fuse with that, and it’s a process. There’s been a person, a couple of warring parties actually that have that operation. Normally it’s one disc, Nick had two. So yeah, so that’s why he fought hurt, and he had his once more up towards the wall, and it is what it is.”
Cesar Gracie confirmed with Submission Radio that Nick was looking to get once more throughout the Octagon and fight over again someday.
“He does revel in competing, he does revel in being a martial artist,” he mentioned. “And if he can do problems on his words like that, then he loves it. And so that’s where he’s at. And so he does wanna fight over again. He seems like, in particular now, I imagine he seems like he has something to prove. For me, I don’t care if he ever fights over again. Because of he’s a great teacher, there’s all more or less stuff that he can do. On the other hand he must do it for him. So, that’s where we’re at.”