The former trainer of controversial mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Nick Diaz believes his ward's highly anticipated fight against Brazilian legend Anderson "The Spider" Silva will end in a knockout.
Trainer Cesar Gracie, who used to work with Diaz, told MMA Fighting that the bout, which will be held on January 31, is unlikely to last the distance.
"I believe it's going to be a stand-up fight the entire time. Nick is better on the ground, his jiu-jitsu is better, but I believe it's going to be a stand-up fight, and it won't last five rounds," Gracie said.
"I think it will be over before five rounds, someone will get knocked out," he added.
Gracie, however, did not identify who between Diaz and Silva will get knocked out.
"Nick is hard to knock out. He was knocked out only once in the beginning of his career," he noted. "Anderson is bigger than Nick, but he's turning 40 now, and his chin is not the same anymore."
"If Nick can get in there and punch him, I think he wins this fight," Gracie added.
But Gracie was quick to note that Silva, while coming off a long lay-off due to injury, should not be underestimated.
"Anderson is fast and dangerous," he said. "I don't know who's going to win, but I know it's going to be a good fight."
Both fighters are actually coming off extended breaks. Silva has not fought since breaking his leg in gruesome fashion against Chris Weidman last December, while Diaz has not fought in the UFC in two years.