In May of last year, the Stockton native was scheduled to face the Brazilian jiu jitsu legend in a grappling match. Nick inevitably no-showed the event, leaving Estima alone on the mat.
The Brazilian was backstage at UFC 158 and ostensibly approached the title challenger in Montreal’s Bell Centre to introduce himself. Diaz would have none of it, shoving the grappler instead of shaking his hand.
Estima recounted the incident to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour:
“After the fight, when I saw everyone hugging each other and everyone talking to each other, I thought as a sportsman, it was my duty, like we all do, to show some respect. You know what I mean? Both warriors there, they put so much time into it and they did a big fight for the fans. Nick Diaz actually fought very good. I never met him before ever in my life and it was the first time that I ever saw him. I had shaken the corner man’s hands and when [Diaz] was coming in my direction, I stepped forward to shake his hand and he kind of pushed me on the side. I can’t control that. I can only do my part. I can only go there and show my respect and he just pushed me away. What can I do? Then, they said thanks to me for not pushing back, but then how can I even do that? To ruin the whole night of the beautiful night that was for GSP in his hometown. Everyone would be talking about that thing instead of the great victory he had.”