The number 10 in the official UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) lightweight rankings, American Nate Diaz, got into an online brawl with UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov when he called Russia’s fighter and his team pussies. The insult appeared in response to Khabib’s post featuring a GIF of the victorious chokehold against Conor MacGregor.
I slapped you in your head you and your team didn’t do shit…— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) 13 января 2019 г.
Live with that ur all pussies
In his comment, Diaz referred to an earlier clash with Khabib in a Las Vegas hotel. The latter responded by calling Diaz a coward and posted what he apparently considered to be proof of his people’s smashing Diaz.
You was hiding behind security and ran away coward, it’s clear on the video. We just smashed your team that night you punk pic.twitter.com/xvJoO8thxo— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) 13 января 2019 г.
This did not seem to impress Diaz, reacting with a call for Khabib to be real.
Be real— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) 13 января 2019 г.
You know what happened live with it 😊👋
The brawl, both fighters referred to, is a clash at a World Series of Fighting event in Las Vegas in 2015, which fuelled the tensions between them.
Incidentally, this punch exchange on Twitter happened soon after UFC head Dana White commented on Twitter in response to one user saying that Nate had turned the fight down in spite of his earlier call. In October, soon after Khabib took down McGregor in the fight for the UFC Championship, Diaz, who also beat the Irish MMA bad boy, challenged the new champion to face him in the Octagon.
It has not been confirmed that a Khabib-Nate bout will not take place. Incidentally, some point to an uneasy history between UFC boss White and Diaz, who accused the official of lying about his fights.