The short of it is that the two squared off for the customary staredown, Cerrone muttered a comment about getting at Diaz on Friday, and Nate knocked his cowboy hat off his head and shoved him.
Explanations, gentlemen, let's hear 'em. First, Diaz:
"He was trying to tip his hat into my face and I'm no punk who will take that. He was mumbling some stupid crap about me needing to bring it. He don't even believe what he's saying. He's trying to find confidence from somewhere. I will knock something else off his head Friday."
And your side, Mr. Cerrone:
"I'm not getting paid to fight today. I get paid on Friday when it counts. Let's see if he's brave enough to swat my hat off on Friday. Let's see if he even comes close. Today, I acted like a professional. Friday, I'm gonna make him pay."
Even though he tweeted a link to a video of the entire ordeal and boisterously pronounced how pumped he is for this fight, which takes place tomorrow night (Dec. 30, 2011) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, UFC President Dana White isn't very happy with how the whole thing played out (via MMAFighting.com):
"There's going to be times when heated stuff happens. I'm not happy that Nate slapped Cerrone's hat off today. I don't like the guys touching each other (before the fight). That's why I'm standing there. I'm not there to mug up into the camera. I'm there to make sure that sh*t doesn't happen. I didn't do my job today, apparently. Everybody knows how nasty the Diaz brothers are. But Donald Cerrone's not the nicest guy in the world either, you know what I mean?"
The beef between Diaz and Cerrone started a few months back with an incident at a UFC gym that saw Cerrone try to play nice and get slapped away when he went for a handshake.
Homie don't play friends with anyone in his "bracket," as Diaz calls his weight class.
That tipped Cerrone off and "fed his flames," making him "a better fire." If this all sounds silly to you, don't worry, they'll settle their differences inside the cage come tomorrow night in "Sin City."
When asked if he would try to shake Diaz's hand after it's all said and done, Cerrone simply replied, "no."
Don't miss out on the fun tomorrow night, Maniacs.