What the hell is going on?
First, the news only broke this morning that Nate Diaz was back after two years in the wilderness, and was set to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 230 in November at Madison Square Garden.
The two fighters were present at tonight’s UFC 25 year anniversary press conference, and did the customary square-off.
That being said, the presser started 30 minutes late, and Diaz, the distinct attraction, was a further ten minutes late, though that’s not particularly out of character.
As the conference wrapped up, Dana White revealed that Conor McGregor would face lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on October 6 despite denying it earlier, and a promotional video played.
The timing caught us all off guard, and via his Twitter, it may have caught Diaz off guard too. The Stockton favourite reacted angrily to the promo, stating that he would no longer be fighting.
I’m not fighting on that show fuk the @ufc
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) August 3, 2018
There’s surely a reasonable explanation that can shed light on proceedings and not rob us of a long-awaited return.
The most popular belief is that Diaz assumed that Khabib vs. Conor would be headlining his own UFC 230 card, despite it taking place a month earlier, perhaps due to the New York footage in the trailer.
Thinking he was thinking it was the same card as Khabib vs. Conor. It's not. Maybe just a bit confused withdraw the NYC footage in the promo https://t.co/eeaswQ91To
— MarQ P (@WMMANews) August 3, 2018
Hopefully it’s a mere case of confusion.
Update: Danny Austin of Postmedia uploaded this video of Nate speaking after the presser, in which he demands the UFC start promoting him, after bringing him to the conference late. The plot thickens.
Nate Diaz is not especially happy pic.twitter.com/Ul87o76HAg
— Danny Austin (@DannyAustin_9) August 3, 2018