In the wake of Conor McGregor making history in the headline act at UFC 205 by becoming the first fighter to hold two divisional belts simultaneously, Nate Diaz is seething with indignation, and it’s nothing to do with “The Notorious'” epic title win against Eddie Alvarez.
Rather, it’s the fact that the “Stockton Slugger” wasn’t allocated tickets for cage side seating, which are normally reserved for those with deep pockets, and instead, had to settle for viewing the greatest event in MMA history from the terraces.
Per MMAMania (h/t ESPN):
“It’s a little bit artificial, it’s handed over. Good timing for him and he did everything right and they handed it right to him. It was funny how I got left out the picture, though. The UFC, they didn’t even want to give me tickets to this fight. I think they wanted to just put this picture of him with the belts and it’s the greatest thing that ever happened. They want to kind of like keep me out of the mix and hide me out from the whole thing. It might have been in his contract, ‘don’t let Nate Diaz in here’. I was up in the stands in the seat in the club box. After the fight, everybody’s turning and looking at me. It’s not my call. These guys are hiding me out up here. I think they gave Nick Jonas my seat.”
We’re not privy as to whether Diaz ending up at the rafters was an oversight on the UFC’s part; intentional or otherwise, or whether it was a communication glitch between both parties.
As things stand, going head-to-head, Diaz and McGregor are one a piece; Diaz tapped out McGregor at UFC 196, and the latter somewhat evened the score at UFC 202; winning their second contest via a controversial majority decision.
In addition, his two fights with “Mystic Mac” has elevated him to celebrity status, and you can hazard a guess that the 31-year-old Stocktonian wants, and expects to be treated accordingly.
For now, it’s safe to say that Diaz will vehemently refuse to disappear from the McGregor spotlight, until, and/or, unless he gets what he believes is a meritorious rubber match with the Hibernian.
Though, an added bonus would be a title shot at McGregor’s newly-minted lightweight strap.