Conor McGregor and the Nate Diaz camp got into a little water bottle-throwing contest during the UFC 202 post-fight press conference (video replay here) to promote their upcoming rematch on Saturday (Aug., 20, 2016) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to Gilbert Melendez — a member of Diaz’s Scrap Pack -- it all started after Nate felt disrespected by McGregor's tardiness to the presser, only to begin bad-mouthing him once he decided to show. That prompted the Stockton slugger to eventually up and storm out of the Q & A. That’s when all hell broke loose much to the chagrin of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, who cut the presser short in light of the near-riot.
At the end of the day, "El Nino" tells Submission Radio his teammate did nothing wrong and was in the right to get up and leave. Plus, the little melee only helped the event’s pay-per-view (PPV) buy rate.
"Yeah I think you nailed it with the first one. You know, Nate did not plan on taking off early. He went to the press conference, did his job, answered all of the questions he needed to answer (that) everyone asked them and Conor McGregor showed up late. I feel like he didn’t need to sit around and hear Conor McGregor answer all these questions and bad-mouth him or say what he’s gonna say, so he thought he should get up and go, and I thought he did. You know, some trash talking started, bottles started flying – this is the fight game. But, Nate do anything wrong? No. I thought he made a very smart decision, you know, and I think we’re going to get a couple of extra buys on that PPV after that altercation. Yeah, these guys are selling the fight, I could say, but they genuinely wanna fight each other and that’s what’s great about this. These guys really mean what they’re talking about."
As for McGregor, he says his actions — which allegedly had innocent victims caught in the crossfire — were all in "self defense." Of course, this isn't the first time the Diaz camp has been involved in a pre- or post-fight scuffle, as the famed team got into it with Khabib Nurmagomedov's camp during a World Series of Fighting (WSOF) event.
That incident got them banned from all WSOF events; however, according to Melendez, the latest incident didn't even earn the crew a tongue-lashing from company president Dana White.
At least not yet.