Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor infamously attacked a fighter bus with a hand dolly, greatly amusing his intended target Khabib Nurmagomedov, and injuring two fighters to the point they were pulled from the card.

The condemnation was very nearly universal, with UFC president Dana White calling it the most disgusting incident in UFC history, and other figures saying worse. However, Nate Diaz’s reaction was more like dismissing McGregor’s antics as amateurish and aping.

“This what they were trying to act like they were doing in NYC,” wrote Diaz on his social network. “But no one’s for real in this sport. We’re the last of our kind. It’s a new day and age. Ride or die, we started this G s***.”

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Diaz is referring to the infamous Nashville Brawl. Strikeforce did a tremendous job of bringing MMA to the mainstream, including a show on CBS with Gina Carano and Herschel Walker that remains among the most watched MMA fights in US history. When it finaly returned to CBS, a post-fight brawl broke out when Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller snuck into the ring to goad Shields. Shield’s Team Cesar Gracie teammates Nate Diaz, Nick Diaz, and Gil Melendez were not impressed.

In a wildly chaotic moment, the ‘Skrap Pack’ jumped Miller, who eventually wriggled away. Overwhelmed announcer Gus Johnson famously blurted out, “Sometimes these things happen in MMA.”

And mixed martial arts was done on CBS.