Nate Diaz warned an MMA reporter to ‘watch your tweets about me’ before slapping him while backstage at UFC 276 on Saturday night.
The 37-year-old was in attendance at the latest pay-per-view show, which saw Israel Adesanya defend his middleweight title via unanimous decision against Jared Cannonier in the main event.
Before the action even got underway, MMA journalist “OG” Shawny Mack tried to catch up with Diaz, and the conversation appeared to start off cordially.
Nate Diaz showed up in Las Vegas to watch UFC 276 on Saturday night
Diaz swiped a reporter’s microphone away with his left hand
He then slapped the reporter over the head with his right hand
At this point, Diaz suddenly became irritated and leaned into the microphone.
‘You’d better watch your tweets about me,’ he responded.
‘Oh, I know,’ Mack replied with a smile on his face, but Diaz wasn’t finished yet, slapping the microphone away with his left hand before then hitting Mack over the head with his right, knocking the reporter’s cap off in the process.
Diaz has become known for slapping his opponents during his fights inside the octagon
It is unclear what exactly Mack has tweeted that has upset Diaz, who has become well-known for using his “Stockton slap” during his fights.
He famously utilised that strike when upsetting the odds to beat Conor McGregor in their first fight back in March 2016.
However, Diaz has struggled to get fights in recent years, and has only been seen inside the octagon four times since that victory over McGregor.
He has not fought in over a year, and he recently hit out at the UFC on social media.
‘UFC release now please or give me fight with anyone in July or August. I have bigger s*** to do,’ he tweeted last month, alongside a video of Jake Paul knocking out Tyron Woodley, suggesting he would be interested in facing the Youtuber-turned-boxer.