NOPD spokesperson Karen A. Boudrie confirmed the charge to MMA Fighting on Monday night but could not provide additional details on the warrant.
“There has been an arrest warrant issued — he is not in custody,” Boudrie said.
Diaz’s representative declined comment when reached by MMA Fighting.
Boudrie said NOPD issued the charge after gathering videos of the incident in which Diaz allegedly choked unconscious Logan Paul lookalike Rodney Peterson amid a brawl that spilled out of a bar. Peterson later showed off a grisly head injury and vowed revenge on Diaz, who was in New Orleans to support teammate Chris Avila for a fight at Misfits Boxing 6.
Boudrie said Bourbon Street police were called to break up a large fight. One officer can be seen in the video trying to deescalate the brawl spilling out of the bar but missed a blond-haired man — identified as Peterson — falling back unconscious to the concrete.
The NOPD subsequently released a statement on the altercation and the charge against Diaz.
“At or about 2:10am on Saturday April 22- NOPD’s Bourbon Street. Promenade officers and supervisors were alerted to a large altercation in the 400 block of Bourbon St,” the statement read. “The officers were able to disperse the crowd. Witness alerted the officers to a white male subject who was believed to be unconscious. A short time later, the subject regained consciousness. Officers observed the subject was bleeding from the rear of his head and EMS was summoned to render aid. After investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Nate Diaz. He has been charged with second degree battery. He is not in custody at this time.”
Second-degree battery is a felony in Louisiana that is punishable by up to eight years in prison “with or without hard labor,” a $2,000 fine or both.
The street brawl followed another altercation at the arena for the influencer boxing event when Diaz threw a water bottle at Chase DeMoor, sparking a melee where security intervened.
Diaz, 38, is set to face Jake Paul in an August boxing match, his first appearance since leaving the UFC as a free agent.