MMA Team

Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Fighter)

Cesar Gracie: BJJ Instructor and Manager

Cesar Gracie is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who trains a number of top fighters in Pleasant Hill, California including Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez and David Terrell

Twitter @cesargraciebjj

Rich Perez: Boxing Trainer

Rich Perez is a long time boxing trainer to various Gacie Fighter athletes including Nick Diaz, Nathan Diaz and Lucas Gamanza.

Victor Galdon: Training Partner/Cornerman

Long time friend, training partner and main cornerman. Victor also has started his own MMA record of 2-0 since November of 2010 with a third bout coming up November 2011.


Val Ignatov: Sambo Coach

A National Sambo Champion of Bulgaria with a top two finish at worlds. Is also experienced in the UFC and has been Nicks Sambo coach for over 12 years.


Jose Garcia: Physical Therapist and CMT

Jose Garcia provides extensive body work for professional athletes including Nick Diaz, Nathan Diaz and professional triathlete Damian Gonzalez. His work allows athletes to perform at their best, avoid injury and improve recovery. Jose also provides physical therapy for injured or recovering individuals.


Nathan Diaz: Teamate and Brother

An American mixed martial artist and brown belt unde Cesar Gracie. He currently competes for the UFC in the welterweight and lightweight divisions and is well known as the Ultimate Fighter Season 5 champion.

Twitter @NateDiaz209

Jake Shields: Teamate

Current UFC fighter and former Strikeforce champion.


Gilbert Melendez: Teamate

Gilbert is a world ranked fighter and current Strikeforce Lightweight Champion.


Lucas Gamanza: Teamate

Lucas is a professional mma fighter and purple belt under Cesar Gracie.

Dan Black: Gracie Fighter Muay Thai Trainer

Dan Black works with professional and amateur fighters on our team who fight on national and international levels. A proud members of the Graciefighter family since 1999


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