UFC stars rumble in wild backstage brawl

Nate Diaz. Photo/Getty
Nate Diaz. Photo/Getty

UFC 199 continues to enhance its reputation as a fight night mixed martial arts fans won't forget in a hurry.

On top of wildly entertaining wins by Michael Bisping, Max Holloway and Dan Henderson - and the commotion involving journalist Ariel Helwani - come reports of a backstage brawl involving none other than Nate Diaz.

Conor McGregor's conqueror was in attendance at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and unintentionally found himself in a scuffle with the team of fighter Clay Guida, after Guida was knocked out by Brian Ortega on the preliminary card.

The dust-up was detailed by Team Alpha Male coach Justin Buchholz on his podcast, after he was also unwittingly dragged into the fray.

"After Clay got stopped, the doctors running in ... I turn around and one of the UFC stools - they have four stools for people to sit on - was shattered in six pieces," Buchholz said.

"(Guida's brother) Jason either grabbed it or ripped it to shreds, I don't know.

His brother just got stopped so he was just flying off the handle, emotional.

"We were walking in the back after. Clay was in front of everyone, it was Clay, Danny (Castillo), Jason, then me, I was in the back, walking Clay in. Nate had come out of a bathroom in the hallway. And Clay said something to him. But Clay was discombobulated at that time, you know. He said something to Nate like 'Man, I'm going to f*** you up again', something like that, and Nate - I didn't see what Nate did but Danny told me Nate kind of smiled and was like 'What mother f***er? You joking?' Because there's no reason for this s*** to go down like this.

"Then f***ing Jason and Nate got into it. I don't know what happened but Jason bullrushes Nate and tries to put him against the wall.

"Nate's got him in a clinch - and like fifty people from the UFC come rushing into this thing. And I'm staying in the middle, like, 'No!'

"Clay's grabbing Jason. A bunch of people are grabbing Nate and they're trying to f***ing kill each other for a good 30-40 seconds. They get broken up. Clay's got Jason. People got Nate. I'm standing there. I'm looking at Nate, like, 'f***'. We're not trying to f***ing fight. I don't know what the hell happened."

Evan Rodner, who produces Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen's popular "Fighter and the Kid" podcast, backed up the story in an interview with MMAmad.com.

"It looked like Nate Diaz got into an altercation with Jason Guida, Clay Guida's older brother," Rodner said. "I have no idea what it was over, but all of a sudden there were a ton of bodies entering the tunnels in the back. After the scuffle had ended, Diaz walked back into the arena as though nothing had happened. He didn't give one single f***."

Guida handed Diaz - who is set for a rematch against McGregor at UFC 202 - his first defeat in the UFC, winning by split decision in the Fight of the Night at UFC 94 in 2009.

Jason Guida was a contestant on the Ultimate Fighter in 2008 but was eliminated in the first episode for failing to make weight and has since gone on to an undistinguished MMA career in various promotions, tallying a 19-28 win-loss record.

Buchholz said he attempted to smooth things over in the immediate aftermath of the rumble by picking up a shirt Diaz had dropped and handing it back to him.

"He dropped one of those shirts that said, 'I'm not surprised mother f***er' and there's a picture of Nate and '209' on it. I grab his shirt and go, 'Here's your shirt!' He grabs his shirt, goes out, sits in the crowd," Buchholz said.

Just another day in the life of Nate Diaz.

- news.com.au

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