“Really, the only personal interaction I’ve had with Nate is at the open workout prior to this fight. We don’t even know we’re fighting each other at this point. I walk over to be like, ‘Hey man, what’s goin’ on?’ and shake his hand, he slaps my hand outta the way and calls me a punk ass b**** and walks off.”
-Donald Cerrone describes altercation with Nate Diaz
UFC lightweights Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz are set to meet this Friday, December 30, in the co-main event of UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem. During the Countdown show for the fight, Cerrone relayed the above story about his impending opponent, which most people will buy as standard Diaz brothers behavior.
However, Nate recently told MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani that Cerrone has blown things out of proportion somewhat, he thinks in order to paint him as the fight’s villain.
“I think he’s making a little more than what it is. He just tried to be my friend, tried to come up and say hi. I just walked the other way, I wasn’t trying to be a bully or anything,” said Diaz. “I think he’s trying to push me in a bully direction, make me the bad guy. I just walked the other way. I think he’s making a little more than what it was.”
Elaborating, Diaz explained that, outside of existing relationships, he’s really not trying to make friends with anyone that he’ll have to fight, since it just makes things complicated.
“I’m not trying to bully nobody. Like I said, it’s all good. I can respect anybody who fights in the UFC. It’s a tough sport, everybody’s gotta work hard and train hard. They’re athletes, I’m an athlete and I think it’s great what they’re doing,” he said. “But, I gotta fight, so you go your way and I’ll go mine. I got friends, I got my team and I’m not gonna put on a front. But, I’m not trying to be a bully. I’m just trying to do what I gotta do to survive in this UFC, MMA game.”