When Wednesday’s UFC 202 pre-fight presser devolved into an all-out chaotic fracas involving water bottles and cans of energy drinks being thrown, there were expectedly sanctions to be had as the result.
As a clear antagonist of the situation, Nick Diaz was obviously in the thick of things for his brother Nate Diaz’ pivotal rematch with Conor McGregor in the main event of Saturday’s (August 20, 2016) UFC 202 fro the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Diaz was unable to corner Nate due to the fact that even though his 18-month suspension for testing positive for marijuana had expired, he still owed $75,000 to the NSAC and was therefore technically still suspended.
Things only got worse when UFC President Dana white revealed that the chaos had already lead to a lawsuit being filed when a child was struck with a flying object in the melee. While that could certainly cost both Diaz and McGregor some serious coin in the future, the more immediate impact of Team Diaz’ actions became apparent at today’s (Fri., August 19, 2016) official weigh-ins for UFC 202.
Already unable to corner his brother, Sheriffs deputies denied Nick Diaz entry to the weigh-ins today. He posted a short SnapChat video of him getting sent away as fans cheered emphatically for him (via MMA Fighting):
The Stockton slugger looked none too happy with his removal from the final event to hype up what could turn out to be the most riveting fight of the packed UFC calendar year. With his return looming and some potentially huge fights on the horizon for the ultra-popular former champion who hasn’t won a fight since 2011, Diaz will have to pay his fine in order to accrue the multiple millions that definitely await his return.
But with the NSAC on his heels for his fine money and now for his actions they deemed unprofessional this week, he’ll also have to keep his nose clean in the eyes of the commission if he ever wants to be able to participate in those huge bouts.
And that’s not something that the Diaz brothers are known all that much for.