For the hundreds of fans who packed the David Copperfield Theater inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Wednesday’s “UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor II” pre-fight press conference hoping to see a heated face-off, sorry. Things never got that far.
However, those who attended and watched from home certainly left entertained.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor was roughly 20 minutes tardy, per usual. However, McGregor claimed he was under the impression that the press conference started at 1:30PM local time, so he was actually 10 minutes early.
The media gathering began without the show’s biggest star, and the co-star, Nate Diaz (pictured), appeared agitated immediately after seeing McGregor hit the podium fashionably late. Diaz sat through a few McGregor questions, roughly eight minutes worth, before he had enough and bolted from the table with his entourage, flipping his nemesis the bird the whole way out.
“F**k your whole team, how about that?” Diaz shouted at McGregor.
“Shut your f**king mouth, you’ll do nothing. Not one of ya will do nothing. Get the f**ck out of here!” McGregor screamed back at Diaz and his crew, which included big brother, Nick Diaz.
Nate Diaz then threw a plastic water bottle in McGregor’s direction, and that’s when all hell broke loose. McGregor returned fire with any bottle and can he could get a hold of. Several people in Diaz’s entourage, including former UFC and Strikeforce star Jake Shields, heaved more bottles at McGregor.
UFC president Dana White immediately called the presser, “That’s a wrap. Sorry, guys. See you Saturday.”
Was it staged? Not likely considering the way this went down, but it will certainly help sell Saturday’s pay-per-view, which White claimed was already trending towards topping the massive number their initial meeting scored at UFC 196, one of the biggest shows in company history.
It is unknown if the Nevada Athletic Commission, the governing body overseeing UFC 202, will punish Diaz, McGregor or any other MMA fighters who engaged in the ruckus.
UFC 202 goes down inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. McGregor looks to avenge March’s shocking submission defeat to Diaz in another welterweight affair.
Please click the media player below to watch the madness (20:18 mark):