Nate Diaz released on bond after turning himself into New Orleans Police Department on battery charge 

Former UFC star Nate Diaz is out on bond after turning himself into the New Orleans Police Department on Thursday.

By: Kristen King | 1 month ago
Nate Diaz released on bond after turning himself into New Orleans Police Department on battery charge 
Nate Diaz at official weigh-ins for UFC 244 in Nov. 2019 | IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

After turning himself in to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) after an arrest warrant was issued for his involvement in a Bourbon Street Brawl this past Friday, Nate Diaz is out of their custody. 

A representative for Diaz — Zach Rosenfield — confirmed his client was granted and posted a $10,000 bond. 

“Bond has been granted and posted with the full permission from the court to resume travel which  includes returning to Stockton today,” said Rosenfield. “We appreciate how we were treated by the New Orleans Police Department, the court and their staff.”

Nate Diaz involved in incidents with Chase DeMoor, Rodney Peterson

This past Friday, Diaz was involved in two separate incidents with a pair of influencers after being escorted out of a Misfits Boxing event. The first was with reality TV personality Chase DeMoor, who Diaz threw a water bottle at inside XULA Convocation Center. The second was with Logan Paul impersonator Rodney Peterson

Several videos have surfaced of the incident that saw Diaz choke Peterson unconscious during the Bourbon Street Brawl that included several people in their respective groups. Once the former UFC fighter released the guillotine choke, Peterson fell and hit his head on the concrete. He required aid from Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the head injury he suffered as a result of the incident. 

Nate Diaz ‘acted entirely in self-defense’

The NOPD issued an arrest warrant for Diaz on Monday on suspicion of second-degree battery. 

Rosenfield said his client was acting ‘entirely in self-defense’ since Peterson was reportedly an amateur MMA fighter and professional boxer. 

“Nate’s attorney Walter Becker can confirm that Nate has received word of the arrest warrant and Becker has been in contact with court authorities in New Orleans,” said Rosenfield. “Nate’s attorney looks forward to presenting all of the facts about this incident to the District Attorney which clearly demonstrate that a trained fighter named Rodney Petersen aggressively pursued Nate with the intention of engaging him and once doing so, Nate acted entirely in self-defense. No further comment will be made at this time.”

If found guilty of second-degree battery, Diaz faces up to eight years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine.  

Diaz set for professional boxing debut against Jake Paul

For his first post-UFC appearance, Nate Diaz is scheduled to box YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul in an eight-rounder on Aug. 5 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Since Diaz is permitted to resume travel, he comes face-to-face with the ‘Problem Child’ in a press conference set for May 9.

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Kristen King
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Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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