Nate Diaz wasn't too happy with Eddie Alvarez after he claimed the former Bellator Lightweight champion called him out prior to his showdown against Gilbert Melendez last weekend (Sat., June 15, 2015) at UFC 188 in Mexico, City, Mexico.
During a recent stop at The MMA Hour, Alvarez confirmed that the two did indeed have words South of the Border, but says the argument only came to a head after Diaz kept mean-mugging Alvarez during the weigh-ins.
It caught Alvarez off guard because he seemed to be cool with both Nate and his older brother, Nick Diaz, in the past. Alvarez recounts the "stupid" encounter:
"Look, Nick and Nate, we've been pretty cool. I've seen them at other promotions. We crossed paths at DREAM before, Nick saw my nose bleeding and offered me some medicine to help out. They always seem like super respectful, nice dudes. Even Nate, I am cool with him. But, when I went there to Mexico, Nate just kind of changed his tune completely. Like, I guess that's how he is when you're fighting one of his teammates. I get it, he takes this shit personally, he takes it serious. I get it. But, it was just kind of weird for someone to be kind of cool with you, and then out of nowhere, they are looking at you hard every time they see you and shit. So, I kind of confronted him about it, and at the weigh-ins, I went up to him and said, 'Yo, what the fuck is going on? I've always been cool with you and your brother, why do you keep looking at me like this for?' And, he sort of looked at the ground, he wasn't looking at my face and he was sort of explaining himself like, 'Well, you're fighting my boy,' and this and that. Then he looked up at me and said, 'So, fuck you.' So I said, 'Well fuck you too, what the fuck? If you're really going to be like that, then you are fucking next!' Like, what are you being like that for? It was really stupid. As if I have something personal against Gilbert Melendez. I don't know Gilbert Melendez, I can never have something personal against him. I was there for a check, just like every other fighter there. Like, I didn't pick out Gilbert Melendez. I got a bout agreement in the mail saying I'm fighting him next, so I signed it. I don't have any personal issues with anyone in the lightweight division. I'm there for a check, just like everyone else. And then he (Nate) says that dumb shit and he's looking at me, it's foolish. It's really stupid. If that gets him riled up, then whatever. He just hasn't been fighting and has a lot of pent up stuff, or whatever. It's whatever, it happened and it's over with."
As far as a potential fight against Diaz, Alvarez says it would be "a step backward" after his split decision win over Melendez. Instead, he'd prefer to battle someone higher ranked -- or ranked at all (which Nate is not) -- to get him closer to a 155-pound title shot.
Then again, Alvarez did say once he gets a bout agreement in the mail, he'll sign it, regardless of who the opponent is and will never decline a fight.
As far as his fight future, Alvarez says he doesn't plan on sitting out the rest of the year even though he suffered a broken face (fractured nose and orbital) during his win over Melendez (see it).