Nate Diaz earns BJJ blackbelt from Cesar Gracie

When lightweight Nate Diaz enters the Octagon against Jim Miller next month at UFC on FOX 3 he’ll do so with a few new weapons in his arsenal after fulfilling the necessary requirements to earn a blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from longtime coach Cesar Gracie. Miller is also a blackbelt in the art-form, making for what should be an entertaining ground war come May 5.

Diaz’s upgraded status was confirmed on Twitter as well as though a series of revealing photographs on MiddleEasy.

Gracie Comments on Diaz’s Status as a Contender

The 26-year old’s status as a submission specialist is nothing new considering ten of his fifteen total wins have come by way of tap-out. Among the opponents Diaz has finished inside the Octagon are Marcus Davis, Kurt Pellegrino, Melvin Guillard, and Takanori Gomi. He is coming off a convincing decision win over Donald Cerrone and will likely earn a title-shot if he’s able to get by Miller.