The loquacious Irishman hasn't competed at all since losing his lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August 2017, and his UFC lightweight title was stripped and subsequently claimed by Nurmagomedov in April. Going into the festivities, the assumption was that the sole focus would be on the return of Nate Diaz to the Octagon after over two years away, as he's set to take on Dustin Poirier in the UFC 230 co-main event in Madison Square Garden on November 3. Diaz says that White did not have his back while he was battling a lawsuit from his 2016 fight with McGregor.
With the fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov seemingly inevitable, the question remains where and when will the pair face off.
When McGregor's face hit the screen, Diaz was able to stay on the press conference stage for all of 10 seconds before he chose to make his exit. But once the event wrapped, White presented a video package that announced the return of the UFC's biggest star.More news: Russian helicopter crash in northern Siberia kills 18: Ministry
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As it played, Diaz abruptly left the presser he was at and tweeted "I'm not fighting on that show (expletive) the UFC".
Storming off the stage didn't stop the press conference for Diaz though, as the 33-year-old was followed by reporters and spoke outside The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Diaz openly questioned whether or not he would even fight Poirer.
"If it's a money fight, pay me the money", Nurmagomedov said. "They brought me to this press conference late", Diaz said, according to the Calgary Sun's Danny Austin. Although, Poirier may have been just playing the part of a troll following the proclamation from Diaz.