It’s no secret that last weekend’s (Sat., June 4, 2016) UFC 199 from The Forum in Inglewood, California, was a veritable showcase of blockbuster MMA action, starting with Dan Henderson’s legendary knockout of Hector Lombard in his home state, to Michael Bisping’s own shocking knockout of Luke Rockhold, to finally the jaw-dropping announcement of Brock Lesnar’s return at UFC 200.
And to top if all off, the confirmation of the rescheduled rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor was revealed for the main event of August 20’s UFC 202, with Diaz appearing in the crowd to elicit a huge response from his West Coast fans.
The polarizing star also made quite an impact backstage at the event as well, as a report surfaced from MMA Mad detailing a backstage brawl between Diaz and Jason Guida, brother of longtime veteran Clay Guida, who lost to Brian Ortega at UFC 199. Apparently Evan Rodner, the producer of ‘The Fighter and the Kid’ podcast was on hand to witness what happened:
‘It looked like Nate Diaz got into an altercation with Jason Guida, Clay Guida’s older brother’ Rodner stated. ‘I have no idea what it was over, but all of a sudden there were a ton of bodies entering the tunnels in the back (of the arena). ‘After the scuffle had ended, Diaz walked back into the arena as though nothing had happened. he didn’t give on single f*ck’.
UFC welterweight Nicolas Dalby also reportedly saw the altercation, releasing a photo of his reaction.
Obviously Diaz is willing to throw down with anyone at anytime – whether it’s in the cage or not – and his 2015 scuffle with lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team prove the Stockton slugger’s commitment to stay true to his hard-life roots.
With a blockbuster rematch with McGregor, whom he famously submitted at March’s UFC 196, coming up, Diaz’ star level is at an all-time high, and this isn’t something that’s going to necessarily hurt that in any way, shape, or form.
In fact, it could just help him grow even more popular as heads into his second straight million-plus-dollar payday.