World Jiu Jitsu Expo in Long Beach California Results/Recap/Photos
Nick Diaz, Nick Diaz, Nick ‘MotherF23King’ Diaz! My man. That’s all anyone wants to talk about now that the event has come and gone. Not for his ‘BJJ Superfight’, mostly because that didn’t happen. No, they all want to talk about him ‘no showing’ the event and Estima’s call out. First, anyone who was surprised that Nick didn’t show is delusional. Secondly, the event was a bit unorganized. I don’t say that in a negative way, it was a first time event, these things always have organizational problems that need to be ironed out. If it went smoothly I would have been surprised. I bring up the unorganization as foreshadowing the inevitable Nick Diaz ‘no show’. The Diaz’s are notoriously combative when forced to deal with the business side of MMA or in this case BJJ. There was no upside for Nick in this event, add in the chaos, misinformation, confusion, his opponents weight issues and it was a good bet that he wouldn’t be on the mat come time. The event knew this, the fans knew this, his opponent knew this…why all the surprise and anger? Nick Diaz is an adult, he makes his own decisions, who are we to question him? For the Diaz fans in attendance (myself included) Nate Diaz showed up. He signed autographs, took photos, shook hands, had a bit of a heated conversation with a gentleman in attendance, and by heated I mean…well, I’ll leave it at that.For atrue Diaz brothers fan, it was everything you could ask for. Jacare gave an amazing seminar, the BJJ matches going all day were fantastic, the superfights that did happen were exciting, fun and worth the price of admission, the vendors in attendance were all friendly and giving good show deals. What more could you expect from an expo? Not to mention all of the other stars in attendance, Werdum was there, Renzo Gracie, as was Nam Phan, Anthony Hardonk, Robert Drysdale, Ronda Rousey and many more MMA and BJJ stars I’m forgetting. If you are a fan, this was a great place to get up close and personal with some of your favorite stars of our beloved sports, all for under 40 bucks in sunny Long Beach.
I won’t lie, I was disappointed, as were most of the fans in attendance. People were upset over the lack of professionalism, the fact that the charity wouldn’t get their donation from Nick now and etc, etc. In reality, disappointment was all that anyone really had the right to express. Not anger, and the charity in question, they got their donation from Nick Diaz Saturday morning. Let it go, forget all the excuses, posturing, finger pointing and nonsense, I had a great time, would it have been better if Nick Diaz showed up? Yes, did it ruin the event for me? No, did it make me less of a Diaz fan, I’m not quite sure yet. Will I be at the Expo next year, YES. Should you be? YES!
Renzo Gracie, Kyra Gracie and the rest of the Gracie family I was lucky enough to be sitting with were fantastic, for the chance to talk MMA and BJJ with generations of Gracies I’d take Nick Diaz no showing every time.
Take a look at some of the photos from the superfights and look for our interviews with Jacare and Renzo in the next few days
(No Gi) Kyra Gracie def. Alexis Davis (points 5-0)
(Gi) Bill Cooper def. Nino Schembri (Ref decision after tie in points)
(Gi) Rafael Lovato def. Lucas Leite (points 2-0)
(Gi) Kron Gracie def. Victor Estima (points – advantage)
(Gi) Jeff Glover def. Caio Terra (points 10-6)
Rumble young man Rumble