Despite not being on the match card for last weekend's UFC 199 pay-per-view, that didn't stop Nate Diaz trading punches at the Inglewood, California event.
That's according to several reports in recent days which have made reference to a backstage brawl involving the 31-year-old and the team of fellow UFC fighter Clay Guida.
Until now, little was known about the altercation beyond a screenshot of a Snapchat sent by welterweight star Nicolas Dalby. Today, though, Team Alpha Male coach Justin Buchholz has spilled the beans on exactly what went down last Saturday night:
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"We were walking in the back after. Clay (Guida) was in front of everyone, it was Clay, Danny (Castillo), Jason, then me, I was in the back, walking Clay in," Buchholz said, via News.com.au.
"Nate had come out of a bathroom in the hallway. And Clay said something to him. But Clay was discombobulated at that time, you know. He said something to Nate like ‘Man, I’m going to f*** you up again’, something like that.
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"And Nate — I didn’t see what Nate did but Danny told me Nate kind of smiled and was like ‘What mother f***er? You joking?’ Because there’s no reason for this s*** to go down like this."
You would think, with Guida only minutes on from being knocked out by Brian Ortega and Diaz having finally got his McGregor rematch in the bag, that would have been the end of the confrontation.
As it turns out, things were only getting started:
“Then f***ing Jason and Nate got into it. I don’t know what happened but Jason bullrushes Nate and tries to put him against the wall," Buchholz continued.
“Nate’s got him in a clinch — and like fifty people from the UFC come rushing into this thing. And I’m staying in the middle, like, ‘No!’
“Clay’s grabbing Jason. A bunch of people are grabbing Nate and they’re trying to f***ing kill each other for a good 30-40 seconds.
"They get broken up. Clay’s got Jason. People got Nate. I’m standing there. I’m looking at Nate, like, ‘f***’. We’re not trying to f***ing fight. I don’t know what the hell happened.”
Two months out from his long-awaited McGregor rematch, it looks like Diaz is already in fighting mood. The fact, though, that Garcia and the Stockton native have a little history might explain why things escalated so quickly.
Diaz's suffered defeat came at the hands of Garcia in a split-decision loss way back at UFC 94 in 2009.
It looks like their version of a rematch seven years on ended without a clear winner on this occasion.
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