Nate Diaz slaps reporter over tweets in backstage confrontation at UFC 276

UFC icon Nate Diaz looked to be taking part in a routine backstage interview with a YouTube MMA reporter at UFC 276 – but things took a turn for the worse as the brawler brought up some old tweets.

Reporter Shawny Mack, who was covering his first show for Full Send MMA and looked to have secured a notable interview with UFC royalty, was helpless as things turned sour when he admitted fault for his social media usage.

Also known as 'OG', Mack looked delighted to have pulled in Diaz for a chat about Sean O'Malley's fight with Pedro Munhoz, but swiftly realised things wouldn't be going to plan after the welterweight leaned over to deliver a warning.

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Mack said: "Stockton's finest Nate Diaz is coming to check out Sugar Sean [O'Malley], right?"

To which Diaz responded: "Na you better watch your tweets about (inaudible) recently."

When the reporter accepted the statement, Diaz slapped his microphone and then the forehead and cap of the interviewer, before the video footage cuts out.

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MMA On Point host Jason Hartley reported the tweets sent by Mack were in relation to Nick Maximov, who is a training partner of Diaz.

The full clip was promptly uploaded to the official YouTube channel of Full Send – and it has brought in more than 200,000 views in a matter of hours.

Diaz has been active on his own social media of late in calling for the UFC to book the final fight of his contract so he can explore other avenues.

Although a bout with Dustin Poirier was thought to be in the works, that looks to be rather unlikely with Khamzat Chimaev another name linked to the veteran.

Diaz, 37, hails from Stockton, California and fights in the promotion alongside his brother Nick – most notably beating Conor McGregor in their first bout back in 2016.

UFC boss Dana White recently suggested that the best career move for Diaz would be a match-up with boxer Jake Paul, who is booked to face Tommy Fury in early August.

White said: "I like Nate, but let's be honest, Nate's won one fight in the last five or six years. When these guys get into these positions, you've got guys that have been with us for a long time, that we respect, that we care about.

"You've got [Donald] Cerrone or Anthony Pettis before he left, and you've got Nate Diaz. And Nick Diaz [Nate's brother] is still under contract with us, so you want to be fair to everybody, you want to do the right things or whatever."

Adding: "Nate's won one fight in five years, so we're trying to figure this thing out with him. He probably should go on and fight Jake Paul. That's a fight that makes sense."

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