Welterweight Nick Diaz has never been one to back down from a challenge. As such, perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising the polarizing pugilist agreed to face one of the top BJJ practitioners on the planet for his return to submission-grappling rather than a bigger name with a smaller set of skills on the mat.

According to an official announcement from the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo, Diaz will face ADCC champion Braulio Estima at the organization’s May 12 event in Long Beach.

The match-up will mark Diaz’s return to BJJ competition after a few years away from the sport and will keep him busy in lieu of his current MMA-related limbo. The 28-year old Californian is currently retired, citing issues with judging, and also dealing with a possible suspension in Nevada after testing positive for marijuana metabolites.

Though Diaz isn’t likely to be tapped by most men, Estima is a step-above even excellence and soundly beat Ronaldo Souza in a BJJ bout last year. In addition to his success at ADCC the 31-year old has also won medals in essentially every high-level competition out there.


MMATraining Take: If Diaz can manage to beat Estima consider me impressed. There’s no doubt in my mind it will be a competitive clash but the sovereign son of Stockton isn’t anywhere near as good as Estima when it comes to pure grappling.