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Dana White, Nate Diaz comment on alleged near-club fight: ‘We were drinking’

Nate Diaz and Dana White may have been a little heated back in the day.

In an interview Tuesday with ESPN prior to UFC 279, Diaz revealed an alleged near-dispute between him and the UFC president dating back to 2014. Diaz laughed at the story, saying he “nearly beat up” White during the alleged incident. .

When asked about Diaz’s claims Tuesday night, White also laughed.

“Supposedly,” replied a smiling White. “They say we were drinking.”

“Does anyone have any other questions?” White added with a chuckle as he pressed the subject.

Diaz, 37, will headline UFC 279 on Saturday in a non-title welterweight affair against Khamzat Chimaev, taking place in Las Vegas. It’s the last fight of Diaz’s UFC contract, meaning Diaz’ ​​15-year career with the promotion will likely end soon.

During his speech on Tuesday, White fondly recalled the days of the UFC with the Diaz brothers, Nate and Nick, two superstars who always marched to the beat of their own drum. He called Nate Diaz a “legend” to the UFC and wished him the best in his future endeavors as UFC 279 finally marks the end of their time together.

Even though 2014 may have gotten a little heated.

“I almost beat up Dana White here in a club once, you should have seen it,” Diaz told ESPN with a laugh. “He was chatting. … You should ask him. He was chatting and I was arguing with him. I was mad at him – I shouldn’t have been mad at him, I understand.

“It was a long time ago when Gilbert [Melendez] did The ultimate fighter [20]. … Everyone had left the show and then we went to the club when she and Dana had a big after party, and then Dana is all [intoxicated]. He’s everything, ‘What’s up, motherf*****?’

“I was like, what is it? And he tells me about, ‘What do you want?’ I was like, ‘What do you think I want? More money and more f****** better fights than anyone here.’ It’s because I was never at the destination [path] for a title at the time.”

Diaz was in a very different place in his life and career in 2014. It was before his breakthrough on Conor McGregor, and the fan favorite was instead locked into a miserable contract in which he made just $16,000 for a loss to eventual champion Rafael dos Anjos.

That loss was ultimately a turning point in Diaz’s UFC career. His next two fights were victories over Michael Johnson, followed by his legendary upset of McGregor, and from then on, Diaz was cemented as one of the greatest stars the UFC has ever produced.

So while Diaz may be displeased with the promotion ahead of his swan song against Chimaev at UFC 279, he has no ill will against White.

“I’m also on Dana White’s side, it’s all good, but I understand things. I’m all right,” Diaz said. “Me and Dana always got along with everything.”

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