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Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov calls out 'running' Nate Diaz after brawl

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

As you may have heard, Khabib Nurmagomedov and his entourage of fellow Dagastani fighters got into a bit of a tiff with The Skrap Pack this weekend.

After cornering his brother at WSOF 22 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nurmagomedov apparently had words with Nate and Nick Diaz, on hand to support teammate Jake Shields.

Words turned to thrown drinks, chairs and punches and by Sunday we had minutes of Worldstar footage featuring world-class fighters.

Well, we know the Brothers Diaz aren't shy about scrapping wherever, but Nurmagomedov sounds almost embarrassed by the whole episode.

"There are simply unrealistic numbers of reports about yesterday's incident," Nurmagomedov posted to his Instagram Monday. "I can tell you the truth: fights between males occur, there is nothing unusual about this, but since we are both UFC fighters, this clash was big news.

"Yesterday we came face-to-face with Diaz and had a verbal argument, and then he began the first fight. I was a professional fighter aware that it was all happening out there. Since it was a live broadcast of the WSOF event, it can be confirmed by the large number of witnesses, so I do not want to describe all the details."

Ali Abdel-Aziz, Nurmagomedov's manager and WSOF vice president, subsequently banned Nick and Nate Diaz from attending all future WSOF events.

Nurmagomedov and Diaz have a bit of a history, seemingly caught in the middle of a beef between Nate and UFC president Dana White.

A fight between Diaz and Nurmagomedov seemed to be coming together early last year, but White created a controversy when he claimed Diaz turned it down.

Now, No. 3 ranked Nurmagomedov finally wants his shot at Diaz, having now dropped to No. 14 in the division.

"They [Diaz Brothers] ran from me three times," said Nurmagomedov. "We'll see what will happen next. I've already asked for a fight with him [Nate] from the UFC bosses, but judging by the speed that Diaz ran, it is hard to believe that the fight will take place."

[Translation courtesy of Bloody Elbow]

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