Earlier today (Aug. 3), a special UFC 25th Anniversary press conference took place in Los Angeles, California. Going into the festivities, the assumption was that the sole focus would be on the return of Nate Diaz to the Octagon after over two years away, as he's set to take on Dustin Poirier in the UFC 230 co-main event in Madison Square Garden on November 3. The undefeated Russian won the vacant UFC lightweight title against Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 after then-lightweight champion Tony Ferguson pulled out of a scheduled bout with Nurmagomedov due to an injury suffered days before the event.
That was until UFC president Dana White revealed the mega-surprise of the afternoon: Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title booked as the main event for UFC 229 on October 6 in Las Vegas. He didn't seem too thrilled about the prospect of his own return being upstaged by McGregor. When the UFC stripped McGregor of his belt Dana White said he would be the first to challenge for the title back when he was ready to return.
When McGregor's face hit the screen, Diaz was able to stay on the press conference stage for all of 10 seconds before he decided to make his exit.
As it played, Diaz abruptly left the presser he was at and tweeted "I'm not fighting on that show (expletive) the UFC".
"Let them fight alone, and decide everything there [in the cage]".
White, who's experienced frustrating talks with Diaz and his brother, Nick, for more than a decade, said, "Stylistically, it's an incredible fight".
As Diaz's anger played out, his next opponent made a decision to have his fun with the whole situation.
McGregor's return to UFC after his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather and meltdown in New York City was always going to bring drama, but Friday might have somehow surpassed expectations.
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