Dana White and Nate Diaz don’t always see eye to eye, and there was one time when stern words nearly turned to fists.
Diaz revealed in an interview with ESPN yesterday that he and the UFC president came close to blows followingThe Ultimate Fighter season 20 finale in 2014, when the cast migrated to a nightclub to celebrate the season wrapping up. Both White and the Stockton native had been drinking that night, and tensions seemed to be at a boiling point.
“I almost beat up Dana White in a club one time here too, you should’ve seen it,” Diaz told ESPN. “He was talking shit. … You should ask him. He was talking shit and I was arguing with him. I was mad at him – I shouldn’t have been mad at him, I understand.
“It was a long time ago when Gilbert [Melendez] did The Ultimate Fighter . … Everybody had gotten off the show and then we went to the club when Dana and them were having a big afterparty, and then Dana’s all [drunk]. He’s all, ‘What’s up, motherfucker?’
“I was like, what’s up? And he’s telling me about, ‘What do you want?’ I was like, ‘What the fuck do you think I want? More money and more fucking better fights than everyone here.’ It’s because I was never on the destination [path] for a title though, at the time.”
With Diaz being fed to a who’s who of lightweight elite at that time, and earning a base pay of just $16,000 per fight during the seven years he’d spent with the promotion, his qualms with the president at the time seem somewhat understandable.
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UFC 279 Embedded episode two drops:
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Volk makes his picks for UFC 279:
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- none to note
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On this day in MMA…
On the 7th of September, 2019, Khabib Nurmagomedov made his second title defense at UFC 242, when he defeated Dustin Poirier.
Nurmagomaedov submitted Poirier in the third round with a rear-naked choke after the Dagestan wrestler escaped a close guillotine attempt early, extending his perfect record to 28-0.
Nurmagomedov would defend his title once more before retiring from the sport. Poirier clawed his way back to the title in 2021 but suffered the same fate in the same round.