Nate Diaz, the former UFC superstar, has once again grabbed headlines due to his involvement in a stunt at Misfits Boxing 6 in New Orleans.
The Stockton native was caught on camera kneeing Rodney Petersen, a 1-0 boxer who bears a striking resemblance to Logan Paul. Diaz then applied a guillotine on Petersen, which rendered him out on the ground.
This is not the first time Diaz has been embroiled in controversy, as he has a long history of incidents involving the Paul brothers. He was involved in a backstage incident ahead of Jake Paul’s weigh-in with Tyron Woodley in December 2021. Just under a year later, he appeared to slap a member of Paul’s team before Paul’s victory over Anderson Silva.
Despite his reputation for causing chaos, Diaz is still highly respected in the combat sports community.
He has submitted many opponents inside the Octagon, including his rival Conor McGregor, before departing from UFC following his victory over Tony Ferguson.
Interestingly, he submitted Ferguson also via guillotine. Chimaev revealed recently that UFC president was relieved Diaz got a proper send off when UFC 279 card was reshuffled.
Diaz was at Misfits Boxing 6 to support his teammate Chris Avila, who won an unanimous decision victory over Paul Bamba in the co-main event. Diaz was originally seated ringside for the bout but was removed from the arena after he threw a water bottle at reality TV star Chase DeMoor. This incident was reminiscent of Diaz’s UFC 202 press conference chaos with McGregor.
The action outside the arena in New Orleans is just the latest in a long line of controversies involving Diaz. However, it remains unclear what triggered the incident or whether any charges will be filed against him.
Diaz is scheduled to face Jake Paul in a boxing match on August 5 in Dallas, and his recent actions may have sent a message to his opponent.