Nate Diaz may as well be a cattle farm, because everything he does results in beef. He talks smack in the cage, he does stuff out of the cage. He’ll throw water bottles, he’ll flip birds and he’ll shove guys at weigh-ins. Diaz, for the most part, is a one-man scorched earth strategy, leaving nothing but bodies and burnt bridges wherever he goes.
That makes it somewhat shocking to learn that, ahead of his UFC 200 fight with Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz actually apologized for something he said.
So who was it? Was it Donald Cerrone for their heated feud back in 2011 where he shoved him at a promotional event? Was it Conor McGregor for all the heated exchanges and occasional bottle- and can-throwing battles? Was it Bryan Caraway for calling him a f$@%ot on social media? Was it GLAAD for insinuating a bum like Bryan Caraway is a part of their community?
Nope. It was actually none other than CM Punk.
You see, back in 2014 (shortly after Punk’s appearance at UFC 181 to announce that he had joined the company), Diaz was asked at a media event what he thought of Punk’s signing. He was not big on it:
“I don’t dig it. He has got no fights. I know he’s a big draw. I looked him up. Everyone’s going to buy tickets. It’s going to be great for the venue and the UFC, but at the same time, it downgrades all the fighters. He might do great, but why does he get a chance? He’s an amateur. You’re going to put an amateur in there with pros? That makes us all amateurs, so I think it’s ridiculous. As far as I’m concerned, f-ck him, f-ck the whole situation. Anybody who takes that fight is tripping.”
In fairness to Diaz, he’s not wrong. Punk’s signing was an incredibly controversial move on the UFC’s part, as he was signed for the sole reason of being famous from his run in the WWE. In a lot of ways, the company did look cheap and amateurish as a result of the move.
But according to CM Punk, Diaz took back what he had to say at the behest of friends and training partners Giblert Melendez (we’re spelling it like that now, deal with it) and Ronda Rousey. Here’s what Punk had to say about his meeting Diaz at UFC 200:
“UFC 200 I was doing an autograph signing and the guy I was signing the autograph for started like pointing behind me and I heard someone like yelling my name and I turned around and I was on a riser and Nate Diaz was on the ground and he was like ‘hey man come here’,” Punk explained when speaking to FOX Sports recently. “I was like ‘what’s up?’ and he was the nicest (expletive) guy. I don’t know if he’ll get mad and this will ruin the image of Nate Diaz, but he was like ‘hey man, I talked some (expletive) before and I don’t know you and I’m sorry’ and he’s like, ‘Gilbert (Melendez) and Ronda (Rousey) said that you’re a cool dude and they love you’ and I started looking around for the cameras. I was like all right. I thought that was super, super cool of him. Super nice guy.”
Punk will fight at UFC 203 against Mickey Gall. He might be a cool dude…but let’s see if he’s a good fighter.
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