According to TMZ Sports, the former UFC welterweight title challenger was jumped by four men outside a nightclub early Wednesday morning. Per reports, Diaz went to the bathroom outside the club Hyde in the Bellagio Casino around 2:30 a.m. and accidentally bumped into another man. Diaz said he apologized and that he didn't want any trouble but the guy didn't take it well and he and three others jumped Diaz.
"I didn't start it," Diaz told TMZ. "People like to hate."
A rep spoke to TMZ confirming Diaz's story, saying that Nick was not the aggressor in the incident and that the attackers were swinging chairs and fighting with club and casino employees.
When asked if the men were trying to fight him because of his notoriety as an MMA fighter, TMZ reported that Diaz did not believe the men knew who he was. Diaz also declined to press charges, noting that "They got the worst of it."
Taylor Fisher, a spokesperson for Hyde Las Vegas, said the fight did not happen inside the nightclub, so she didn't have information on the situation.
"We enjoyed having Nick at Hyde Bellagio last night and never had any problems with him in the club," Fisher said. "He was very well behaved."
MGM spokesperson Ivette Monet said she was unable to provide information on the incident due to "guest privacy purposes."
While no major injuries seem to have been incurred, TMZ reports that Diaz got a "nasty gash" on the top of his head which may require stitches but which Diaz say won't impede his return to sanctioned fighting.
Neither Diaz nor his manager Lloyd Pierson responded to requests for confirmation.
This caps a rough week Diaz. After a bottle-throwing melee between Team McGregor and Team Diaz at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference, all members of both entourages were banned with the exception of licensed cornermen.
Diaz was not licensed to corner his brother Nate in the main event fight, because he is still currently suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) until he can pay the balance of his $100,000 fine (he still owes $75,000) or enter into a payment plan. Diaz was suspended 18 months and fined that amount after testing positive for marijuana, his third offense, in 2015.
Diaz's 18 months ended July 31st. He is expected to return to active competition soon but an opponent has yet to be announced.
Free agency. Rory MacDonald has signed with Bellator after the UFC failed to match offer.
Non-apology. Mike Perry responds to the criticism of his cornerman Alex Nicholson making racist comments during UFC 202.
Dream stopper. Dominick Cruz responds to Cody Garbrandt saying "I kill hype for a living."
Vacation. Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar are facing potentially shorter suspensions based on the specific substances they tested positive for.
Game changer. Jared Rosholt signs with WSOF.
EXTRA CREDIT READING
Nothing today. Apologies.
I'm excited to see Pettis at 145.
Joe Lauzon has a vlog
Can MMA go back to being not mainstream again?
Good interview with Pitbull. Has a good take on McGregor vs Aldo 2.
Bendo on TFATK
Buffer had Big John on.
TJ gonna get passed over hard.
He better kill me in there then!! https://t.co/t7BJ013myE— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) August 24, 2016
Alex Nicholson responds to criticism for making racist remarks.
I respect every man who steps in the cage and my comments were insensitive towards lim I was hype for my brother but It's all love no hate.— Alex Nicholson (@spartanlife32) August 23, 2016
No hate at all.
Kavanagh talked on Twitter a bunch.
1 - dont know whats next. decision made over the next 2 weeks i'd imagine. personally i'd like 55 title....but we'll see what happens.— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) August 24, 2016
2 - leg is fine. in theory could be ready for NY BUT nothing definite, see tweet no.1— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) August 24, 2016
i could see a PPV in croke park in 2017 IF they can cover it and IF they get late licence as probably have to be 3am main card.— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) August 24, 2016
trilogy will be decided at 55. weight being a lot closer will make the finish easier to achieve. dont know when/where but will happen.— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) August 24, 2016
This is amazing.
This is brilliant! Conor McGregor throws 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin a few cold ones. (Via Reddit MMA)pic.twitter.com/FVsb7c7sWF— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 24, 2016
Social media openweight champion.
Almost lost too much damn weight pic.twitter.com/M0BmF9gYHF— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) August 24, 2016
Where the pizza at? pic.twitter.com/QVQIVP7GqO— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) August 24, 2016
Nunes has options.
Jon Jones hanging out with Snoop Dogg last night showing him how to throw a spinning elbow.pic.twitter.com/RODndCXkTb— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 24, 2016
Not sure Nate Diaz and James Irvin have ever been considered equals.
Imagine a world in which Anderson Silva had had the piss slapped out of him by James Irwin, and then ended up having a 'trilogy' with him.— Harold J. Sanderson (@HarryJSanderson) August 24, 2016
Nate only ever wants to fight this dude.
Does Conor ever stand normally?
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2007: Randy Couture did it again, stopping Gabriel Gonzaga in the third round to retain his UFC heavyweight championship in the main event of UFC 74. The co-main event this evening featured the final 3 round fight of Georges St-Pierre's career as he won a unanimous decision over Josh Koscheck in his first fight after losing the welterweight championship to Matt Serra.
I'm trying to decide if ending up in a brawl with Nick Diaz is a good thing or a bad thing. I mean, obviously it is a bad thing; you're gonna get your ass handed to you. But in the grand scheme of "fighters I wouldn't want to accidentally be brawling with" is Nick on the high or low end of the spectrum? On the one hand, Nick might don't-be-scared-homie your joints on the wrong way. On the other hand, he seems like a pretty chill dude so if you realize the error of your ways and then tap, it feels like he would let that be the end of it.There is also the small chance he just mugs and embarrasses you which can buy you enough time until security comes and saves you.
See you tomorrow M.Rmy.
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