Shockwaves were sent around the world of MMA, when the UFC announced the return of Nate Diaz against top lightweight contender Dustin Poirier at UFC 230. However, when the fight was announced at the UFC 25th anniversary press conference, it was soon overshadowed by the announcement of his bitter rival Conor McGregor’s return against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Diaz was visibly upset by this as he stormed off from the stage and later tweeted that he will not fight as planned.
While some fighters criticised Diaz and found his actions to be unprofessional, others supported him. Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate has come out in support of Diaz and has claimed that she would have reacted in a similar way. She has also revealed a personal incident of how she experienced something similar. Here’s what she told Sirius XM Fight Nation:
I would feel the same way as Nate does, Nate has a different personality than I do, he’s expressive in a different way, but of course [I would be mad]. I remember when I threatened retirement because I was so pissed off that they had promised that I would fight Ronda and then they ended up switching that out and having Holly [Holm] but they didn’t tell me. It’s the same thing that happened to Nate, essentially, it’s just that Nate was in front of everybody. I was pissed too, believe me.