At least one member of the MMA community has Stephen A. Smith’s back.
The popular and always outspoken ESPN personality made major waves after UFC 246 when he criticized headliner Donald Cerrone’s effort after “Cowboy” suffered a 40-second TKO loss at the hands of a returning Conor McGregor. Since then, the UFC’s Joe Rogan and McGregor have both shared their opinion that Smith’s commentary was off-base, with Rogan and Smith continuing the discussions through their respective channels.
On Wednesday, UFC welterweight Nate Diaz chimed in via Twitter, plainly stating that it’s Rogan and Conor who need to apologize to Smith. He is also in agreement that Cerrone did not compete at his best against McGregor.
Rogan and Conor should give Stephen Smith a apology he said what it was— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 30, 2020
The fight was over before it started
Get offfeachothers nuts
“Rogan and Conor should give Stephen Smith an apology, he said what it was,” Diaz wrote. “The fight was over before it started. Get off each other’s nuts.”
Diaz has a notable history with both McGregor and Cowboy, splitting a blockbuster two-fight series with “The Notorious” in 2016 and holding a December 2011 unanimous decision win over Cerrone. He is currently without a scheduled fight after most recently losing by doctor stoppage to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 in November in a bout that was for the newly created “BMF” belt.