Things happen in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) that look pretty bad on paper.
Nate Diaz's recent backstage squabble with Jason Guida at UFC 199 last week (Sat., June 4, 2016) is certainly one of them. After all, Diaz is currently scheduled to fight Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion Conor McGregor in a rematch at UFC 202 on August 20.
After seeing his younger brother, Clay, lose to Brian Ortega via third-round knockout, Guida had a physical altercation with Diaz backstage. Until now, details regarding the situation were unknown.
In a recent interview with Stud Radio podcast (h/t Bloody Elbow), Team Alpha Male coach Justin Buchholz, who was cornering "The Carpenter" alongside big brother Jason, discussed the unprecedented brawl in detail.
"It was the first time I cornered with Clay's brother, Jason Guida. Like a 285 lbs huge f*cking dude," said Buchholz. "After Clay got stopped, doctors were coming in and corners were being kept outside the cage and everything. I turn around and one of the UFC stools was just shattered in 6 pieces. Jason ripped it to shreds or slammed it, and his brother just got stopped, and was flying off the handle emotionally."
"We were walking in the back after, and Clay was walking in front," added Buchholz. "Nate was walking out of the bathroom, and Clay said something to him, but Clay was discombobulated at that time too. He just said something to Nate. He was all like, 'Man, I'm gonna f*ck you up again' or something like that."
According to Buchholz, Diaz began to talk back and Jason Guida took offense when he said, "What, motherf*cker? Are you joking?"
"Then Jason and Nate got into it. I don't know what happened, but Jason bull rushes Nate and tries to put him up against the wall," said Buchholz. "Nate has got him in a clinch. Like 50 people from the UFC come rushing into this thing. I'm standing in the middle like, 'Nooooo!'"
"It was going down. Clay was grabbing Jason, a bunch of people grabbing Nate. They were trying to f*cking kill each other for a good 30 or 40 seconds," added Buchholz. "They get broken up, and Clay's got Jason, people got Nate. I'm looking at Nate, like 'f*ck! We weren't trying to fight. I didn't know what happened.'"
Wow. It sounds like things escalated pretty quickly. But I guess these things can happen when a disgruntled brother runs into someone as ready as Nate Diaz.
Hopefully UFC keeps a closer watch on any backstage altercations moving forward. If the right people were not in place to break this thing up, someone could have easily taken a beating.