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Morning Report: Dana White rips Cesar Gracie, says he’s ‘a huge part of the problem’

Following Thursday afternoon’s classic press conference, UFC President Dana White spoke to reporters in his customary post-presser scrum. White hit on a wide variety of topics over the course of the hour session, including a source of some his recent frustration. White and Nick Diaz’s trainer-slash-manager Cesar Gracie have had their battles in the past, and after this week’s 209 roller-coaster, that irritation finally bubbled up to the surface. I think Cesar Gracie is a huge part of the problem, to be honest with you, White said flatly. Cesar comes out … first of all the tweet that he tweeted. Second of all, comes out and says, ”ËœWell the guy that’s producing [the UFC 158 Countdown show] lives up here in northern California so how much could this really be costing them?’ I mean, this f–king guy has no clue about production. And to come out and say something that asinine, is unbelievable. Yeah, when we send a crew up to shoot these things, what do you think we’re sending up? Like, a guy with a f–king camcorder? We’re sending the guy who shoots those features that has been working in the sports world for 30 years, and the crew he’s got around him are good too. You guys are in the business. You know what this s–t costs. I noticed in the news now, these news reporters in Vegas, because of all the cutbacks, the f–king guy who’s the reporter shows up with the camera now, and he’s doing both jobs. You know why? Because it’s f–king expensive to have a cameraman now. That’s why. White was then asked if he’d prefer the Diaz brothers drop Gracie altogether. I don’t make those decisions, the UFC President responded. That’s up to them. Obviously, as far as a trainer goes, Cesar Gracie must be a damn good trainer because look at the camp that he’s created. But Cesar Gracie likes to play bulls–t games that drive me crazy. But as far as a trainer, he’s their trainer, that’s their guy, and obviously he’s a good one or they wouldn’t be where they are today. Do I think it’s an act? No. I think Cesar is a dick. That’s what I think. I think Cesar does some stuff that’s just bulls–t. You know what I mean? I don’t think it’s an act or a shtick, or anything else. 5 MUST-READ STORIES White talks Gracie, TRT, Walker. During a lengthy post-presser scrum, UFC President Dana White criticized Cesar Gracie’s role in the Diaz camp, opened the door for former NCAA star Herschel Walker to fight in the UFC, and continued his crusade against TRT users. Said White: If [you] can’t stop taking [TRT], maybe it’s time to hang them up. Diaz riles up St-Pierre, throws around steroids accusations. Where to start? Nick Diaz not only showed up for Thursday’s UFC 158 pre-fight press conference, he owned it. Stockton’s favorite son apologized to fans, whipped out tangent after tangent, answered questions that weren’t even directed at him, and generally burrowed as far under Georges St-Pierre’s skin as possible. Diaz then took his talents to Toronto’s Fan 590, where he dropped this gem: I believe that [St-Pierre] is on plenty of steroids and I don’t believe they’ve tested him as well. I don’t care what they’re saying or marketing to the media. I don’t think either of us are going to be tested. And if so, he’s probably got a bottle of piss in his pocket. I doubt they’re standing over him, making sure he’s not on steroids. Hunt one win away. Unlikely heavyweight contender Mark Hunt will earn a title shot with a victory over Junior dos Santos at UFC 162. Said White: I think (he’s) one of the greatest stories in sports right now, to be honest with you. St-Pierre’s alleged plan. Georges St-Pierre and his trainer Firas Zahabi neither confirmed nor denied a secret plan divulged by St-Pierre’s former manager Stephane Patry, which consisted of St-Pierre retiring after three more fights: Diaz, Johny Hendricks, and then Anderson Silva. Commented Zahabi, I think if that happened, if Georges beat [Diaz and] Hendricks and Silva, I’d tell him, ”ËœRetire. It’s over. There’s nothing else to do. There’s no bigger fight. Just retire. Enjoy your life.’ Ideally, the Silva fight is the last fight of his career, win or lose. Fight night bonuses capped. All UFC post-fight bonuses — Fight of the Night, etc. — will be capped at $50,000 for all fight cards from now on, regardless of whether an event takes place on FUEL TV, FX, FOX, or pay-per-view. MEDIA STEW Pre-fight scrums are either tame or absolutely wild. There’s rarely middle ground. I’d say this one falls into the latter category. You want to know more about the hotel story? Well, if you insist. (But only because you’re so gosh darn good-looking.) I don’t know about you guys, but I think it’s time for a change of pace — and this fantastic fan-made trailer is as good as any place to start. New mission: Uncover a video of Shawn Jordan dressed in drag and upload it immediately. According to Wikipedia, Graston is a way to treat scar tissue that employs a collection of six stainless steel tools of particular shape…

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