Cesar Gracie responded to BJ Penn's famous Tweet, where the multi-time UFC Champion accuses Nick Diaz of "coward fence-holding strategy" during their bout at UFC 137. According to Gracie, Penn's comments are a result of being surrounded by "Yes-men", who will never let the former champion to reach his full potential as a fighter:

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BJ Penn has apparently not come to terms with the beating he received at the hands of Nick Diaz. Below is his latest posting on his Twitter account:

@nickdiaz209 Look how much bigger you are in this pic..I thought you were gonna scrap from the beginning homie? What was that coward fence holding strategy to tire out the smaller man? Street fighter my ass! I made you fight like glass jaw @jonfitchdotnet poser!
I’ll be ready for that weak bs next time we fight!

At some point it is up to those around you to protect you from yourself. To take you aside and let you know you are wrong and help save you from your folly. Unfortunately for Penn he is surrounded by “Yes Men” that are unwilling to do that. The outcome will be predictable, resulting in a fighter that will never push himself to the fullest and will always have excuses for his losses.

One way or another, Nick Diaz's next opponent is Georges St. Pierre, while BJ Penn, if decides to postpone his retirement, is most likely to find himself in a rematch with Jon Fitch. Stay tuned to LowKick.com for more trash-talk between BJ Penn, Cesar Gracie, and Nick Diaz, whose response to the Hawaiian's comments could get things interesting.

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