Arguably the biggest highlight from this week’s UFC announcements was the booking of Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz at Madison Square Garden this November for UFC 230 — Diaz’s first bout since his two 2016 fights with Conor McGregor. And now, Diaz is teasing it may all be for naught.
Diaz was late to arrive at the UFC 25th Anniversary Press Conference, held on Aug. 3 prior to the UFC 227 ceremonial weigh-ins. Diaz spoke few words when asked questions by the media, stating “It’s time to go, so it’s time to go,” and calling his fight with Poirier a championship caliber fight.
Diaz added the reason he has not fought in two years is that he was ineligible because of a lawsuit. While no MMA source could confirm, TMZ speculates it’s a case involving Diaz and former manager The Ballengee Group, which claimed Diaz did not pay their fair cut for the UFC 202 bout with McGregor.
But the most talked about moment regarding Diaz’s appearance was, coincidentally, how quickly he left. Diaz reportedly bailed in the middle of the final promo shown at the presser, which confirmed McGregor would finally challenge archrival and current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229 in Las Vegas this October.
Things then began to light up on Twitter, with Diaz being captured outside the building stating that the UFC “better promote him right” before taking to the social media platform with a tweet of his own heard around the world.
Nate Diaz is not especially happy pic.twitter.com/Ul87o76HAg
— Danny Austin (@DannyAustin_9) August 3, 2018
I’m not fighting on that show fuk the @ufc
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) August 3, 2018
Minutes later, Diaz’s scheduled opponent for UFC 230, Poirier, tweeted out a similar message. This may have been in good fun, however, as ESPN’s Brett Okamoto captured “The Diamond” smiling while on the social media platform.
I ain’t fighting on that show either F the ufc
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) August 3, 2018
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 3, 2018
The UFC has issued no response to the incidents.
Original Story: MMA Fighting