Slaps are a thing these days, with Will Smith's slap of Chris Rock utterly eclipsing the entire 94th Academy Awards earlier this year. Think about it - you know what Smith did, but what was the Best Picture?
And epic pimp slaps have always been a thing. Here is an actual pimp, Hamburg, Germany brothel owner, gangster, and one-time professional boxer Stefan Hentschel responding to a panhandler.
In MMA, it is the Diaz brothers who have mastered the craft, to the point it is called a Stockton Slap.
Nate Diaz even unleashed the Stockton Slap on lightweight GOAT Khabib Nurmagomedov. And the Stockton Slap featured prominently at UFC International Fight Week 2022, which concluded with Saturday night's UFC 276.
Full Send reporter 'OG' Shawny Mack was backstage and asked Nate Diaz if he’d be supporting Sean O’Malley.
"Stockton’s finest," said Mack. "He’s here to check out Sugar Sean, right?”
“Nah," replied Diaz. "And you better watch your tweets about my dude who was fighting recently.”
To which, the reporter responded: “Oh I know.”
Nate was not impressed, and showed the OG what OG really is - he Stockton slapped the mic out of the reporter's hands and the hat off his head.
What Was That About?
Diaz’s slap was reportedly prompted by cutting remarks made by Mack about UFC middleweight Nick Maximov, a training partner of Diaz's.
Was it Staged?
Who knows; it was funny.
And what's next for Nate Diaz?
Perhaps a boxing match vs. Jake Paul and Diaz. UFC president Dana White is cool with it.
“I mean, I like Nate, let’s be honest, Nate’s won one fight in the last five or six years,” said White recently to TheMacLife. “You know? When these guys get into these positions, you’ve got guys that have been with us for a long time, that we respect, that we care about.
“You know, you’ve got Cerrone and Anthony Pettis before he left, and you’ve got Nate Diaz and Nick Diaz is still under contract with us. So you want to be fair to everybody, you want to do the right things or whatever. Nate Diaz isn’t going to come in and fight Kamaru Usman.
“We’re trying not to s*** on anybody and disrespect anybody, but it’s not like we’re talking about Kamaru Usman here. We’re talking about Nate Diaz.
“Nate’s won one fight in five years, so we’re trying to figure this thing out with him. He probably should go on and fight Jake Paul. That’s a fight that makes sense.”
Diaz responded to White on his social network. The video shows devastating losses suffered by Gilbert Burns, Justin Gaethje, Michael Chandler, and Jorge Masvidal, and invites a comparison with his last fight, a loss to Leon Edwards, during which Diaz landed a mighty Stockton Slap.