Nate and Nick Diaz are two of the hardest and most revered fighters in UFC historical past, however the preventing brothers could have picked on the mistaken opponent in Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The unbeaten Russian, who retired after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, is at the moment having fun with watching fights reasonably than competing – however his drive and want stay as sturdy as ever.
Diaz, who branded the 29-Zero fighter a ‘p****’ on the weekend, is reportedly returning to light-weight and can absolutely hope to get his palms on the Russian contained in the cage after their altercation outdoors of it.
The primary incident happened on the World Sequence of Combating (now the Skilled Fighters League) in 2015 when Khabib was watching his brother struggle on the identical night time as Jake Shields, a pal of the Diaz brothers.
Diaz recalled the altercation when requested by Ariel Helwani in October 2019 whether or not he could be occupied with preventing UFC light-weight champion Khabib.
“No, I used to be when it was fascinating, now it’s like kicking a useless canine,” he stated.
“I’m not into this bully s***, he’s [Khabib] into bullying and stuff, that’s his factor,” Diaz added.
“After I bumped into him and his group on the World Sequence, I used to be standing there watching Jake, my pal, struggle. They usually took a gaggle image with me behind them, simply to chuckle at me, make enjoyable of me.
“[Khabib] is like, ‘Ah, come on, man’ and so they’re all laughing, 12 Russian dudes. I slapped him in his face for making enjoyable of me and I’m like, ‘What?’ And he didn’t do nothing.”
“I used to be outdoors livid,” Diaz added of the 2015 incident. “So I waited for him to come back on the market and I went to get him once more and he ran off.
“I shouldn’t have finished that. It was reckless, it was silly. I used to be mad, however he was choosing on me. So now he’s making an attempt to behave like ‘Mr Make It Proper’. ‘I’m Mr Good, this man’s a bit of s***, I don’t want this trash speak’.
“No matter, you had been going to choose on me…making an attempt to behave just like the sufferer, that Conor [McGregor] was choosing on him.”
Safety arrived and duly kicked the youthful Diaz brother out, earlier than tempers flared as soon as once more at UFC 239.
Regardless of all of the motion on that card in July 2019 (which noticed Jorge Masvidal and Amanda Nunes file large knockout wins) the 2 males practically got here to blows as soon as once more.
“These two had been inside two rows of one another after which they began to get right into a struggle and we broke it up and we bought it dealt with,” Dana White informed BT Sport.
When requested if he knew what was stated, White stated: “I’m certain numerous dangerous issues had been stated. I’m undecided precisely … I’m certain it was not good.”
Khabib is at the moment nonetheless retired – regardless of the perfect advances of Dana White – though he’ll apparently preserve an in depth eye on the principle and co-main occasions of UFC 257.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will lock horns on the high of the invoice, with Dan Hooker welcoming UFC debutant Michael Chandler to the octagon.
Though the 35-year-old from Stockton misplaced his final struggle as a welterweight in opposition to Jorge Masvidal in November 2019, White believes there’s lots extra to come back.
White informed TheMacLife: “We’re engaged on a Nate Diaz struggle proper now. And it isn’t Tony [Ferguson], but when we get it finished, I feel you’re gonna prefer it.”
Quizzed on the load, White responded: “Light-weight – 55.”