As if the in-cage controversy between World Series of Fighting welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares and challenger Jake Shields weren’t enough at WSOF 22 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the promotion also had to deal with a fight that broke out in the crowd and carried on outside the venue.
Minor skirmishes often occur at public events, but this one was unique in that it involved at least three UFC fighters. Perhaps not surprisingly, two of the three were Nick and Nate Diaz. The other was Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Diaz brothers were in attendance primarily to support their teammate, Shields, while Nurmagomedov was there to corner his brother and another Russian fighter on the WSOF fight card.
There has been a building feud between Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz on social media, and when they came face-to-face in the crowd on Saturday night, the situation quickly escalated into a physical altercation; one which WSOF executive Ali Abdel-Aziz began with Diaz throwing a punch at Nurmagomedov after the two exchanged some heated words.
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“Nate went to Khabib and they just got talking,” Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting.com. “They exchanged words and Nate threw a punch. I saw Nate throw a punch.”
It doesn’t appear that any charges have yet been filed, but all of the fighters under UFC contract could suffer the ramifications of the Code of Conduct policy that all UFC fighters are subject to.
In addition to that, Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting.com that although he considers them friends, the Diaz brothers would no longer be allowed at future WSOF events.
“I can’t have Nick and Nate come to a World Series of Fighting event again,” Abdel-Aziz said. “I like these guys, but if they’re not going to show me respect coming to the show, how can I let them back in?”