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Nate Diaz reignites beef with Khabib Nurmagomedov: ‘I slapped you in your head and your team didn’t do s*it’

Nate Diaz
Nate Diaz
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Nate Diaz isn’t just going to sit around twiddling his thumbs while his enemies go at it on social media.

Putting his Twitter fingers to use, Diaz fired a shot at UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who himself was responding to an online jab from Conor McGregor.

It’s complicated.

“I slapped you in your head and your team didn’t do shit,” Diaz wrote in response to a tweet by Nurmagomedov. “Live with that, you’re all p*ssies.”

Diaz’s beef with Nurmagomedov goes back several years, with UFC president Dana White at one point claiming that Diaz had actually turned down a fight with the unbeaten Russian. That report was denied by Diaz (“Dana White, UFC, are full of shit. I didn’t turn down anything,” he tweeted at the time) and the matchup never materialized.

However, in August 2015, Diaz and Nurmagomedov had a physical altercation at a World Series of Fighting show back in Las Vegas. After Diaz threw a beer at Nurmagomedov, footage showed the two exchanging a few punches (or slaps). The situation did not escalate from there, but the bad blood has remained ever since.

Regarding McGregor’s Brooklyn invasion last April that saw “The Notorious” hurl a dolly at a bus that was transporting Nurmagomedov, Diaz took the opportunity to insult both men, criticizing Nurmagomedov and his team for confronting McGregor’s close friend Artem Lobov at a hotel, and stating that he “already slapped and punked both these guys and they teams”. Diaz was involved in a pair of high profile bouts with McGregor in 2016, winning by submission in their first encounter.

Earlier this week, McGregor wrote a lengthy Instagram post accusing boxing nemesis Paulie Malignaggi and Nurmagomedov of “bitching” on social media, prompting Nurmagomedov to respond in kind with a clip of him submitting McGregor at UFC 229. Nurmagomedov added, “You will live with this shame all your life.”

And now Diaz has added his two cents. He’s been on the sidelines for over two years since the second McGregor fight, but it looks like Diaz is keeping the flames of his many feuds burning.

UPDATE: Nurmagomedov has responded with his own account of his encounter with Diaz.

And Diaz has responded in kind.

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