Besides Rousimar Palhares’ controversial win at WSOF 22 this weekend, Jakes Shields longtime friend and training partners, the Diaz Brothers, got into a skirmish during the event with undefeated lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. Although, details on why a brawl almost broke out between them is unclear at this moment, we can at least confirm that Nate Diaz was the first to throw a punch in the fight, according to WSOF Vice President Ali Abdel-Aziz.
Nate went to Khabib and they just got talking. They exchanged words and Nate threw a punch. I saw Nate throw a punch… I consider theses guys friends, Nick and Nate, but I’m very disappointed.
Nate started it all, butadded fuel to the fire when he threw a beer at Nurmagomedov. Abdel-Aziz saw the entire thing go down at WSOF 22, he has a brand to protect and won’t allow the Diaz brothers to another show.
I don’t know what it is, both of them need to call Dana (White) and talk to him. Maybe they can fight and get over with it, because when people fight, they respect each other. But I’m just not happy about somebody throwing a beer bottle. There’s a lot of kids, there’s a lot of women. What happens if somebody’s face got cut? One of them would’ve went to jail. I don’t want to see Nate or Nick going to jail or their friend go to jail at my show.
I can’t have Nick and Nate come to a World Series of Fighting event again,” Abdel-Aziz said. “I like these guys, but if they’re not going to show me respect coming to the show, how can I let them back in?
You can now watch parts of the skirmish inclip above, including raw footage that took place outside the event.