While the UFC was hosting one of the biggest events in the sport’s history, one of the promotion’s biggest stars was just trying to find a way inside the building.
The UFC invaded New York City last November at UFC 205 for its first card in the state in over two decades and you would think Nate Diaz, one of the UFC’s more recognizable stars, would get a front row seat for the star-studded card. Especially considering it was headlined by his rival Conor McGregor.
But that wasn’t the case according to Diaz. Not even close, actually.
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“They didn’t give us tickets,” Diaz told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “I snuck in that [expletive]. Some dude that works security that saw us trying to get in — we were just trying to buy tickets … I text [expletive] Dana like, ‘What’s up?’ and he was like, ‘Man, we’re sold out.’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t give a [expletive], I don’t want a ticket. Grab me at the front door and walk my ass in.’ [Expletive] you talking about, ‘I don’t have tickets, I’m sorry.’ … That’s crazy!”
Diaz says he eventually was able to get into the event thanks to some security guards but he also had to watch the show from the nosebleeds.
“I went to the top and there was some, like, booth up there,” Diaz said. “It was just me and my brother. We got in kind of crazy — one guy snuck me in one way and another guy snuck my brother in another way. That’s crazy. I just wanted to go to the event. I was like, I swear I won’t make a ruckus.”
McGregor made history that night by becoming the promotion’s first ever simultaneous two-division champion. And it appears Diaz thinks the UFC wanted all the attention on “Notorious” and not a potential trilogy fight.