‘What do you expect to happen?’ – Cormier blames Logan Paul look alike in Nate Diaz brawl

Daniel Cormier is pinning all the blame on Rodney Petersen, the man Nate Diaz allegedly choked out in a street altercation.

By: Milan Ordoñez | 1 month ago
‘What do you expect to happen?’ – Cormier blames Logan Paul look alike in Nate Diaz brawl
Nate Diaz at official weigh-ins for UFC 244 in Nov. 2019 | IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

Daniel Cormier is pinning all the blame on Rodney Petersen, the man seen on video getting choked out by Nate Diaz in a recent viral brawl. “DC” also justified Diaz’s actions, stating it was all done in self-defense. 

Daniel Cormier explains why it was an act of self-defense

Daniel Cormier commented on the situation in a recent video he uploaded on his YouTube channel. According to him, Petersen should’ve expected the outcome, given Diaz’s history. 

“Where in the world do you take a guy that’s known for being dangerous, and you choose that guy as the guy you have an altercation with? Especially when a guy in Nate Diaz has a history of defending himself, whether it be on the streets, in a MMA fight, in a boxing match — which is gonna happen with Jake Paul, down the line. Or in any situation. 

“Nate Diaz doesn’t say to himself, ‘I can’t do this right now, due to the fact that it might escalate. Nate Diaz wants it to escalate. He almost embraces the escalating. That’s why at the fight, you saw him throw the bottle or whatever he threw at the guy that kind of started this ruckus inside. 

“I don’t know if being famous — while challenging someone as dangerous — is the way to get it done. Because what do you expect to happen?” 

Cormier says Nate Diaz isn’t ‘domesticated’ enough

Cormier went on to bring up a similar incident involving fellow UFC Hall-of-Famer Michael Bisping. “The Count” revealed being assaulted while walking in New Orleans with his family and even shared a video of the incident. Bisping also lauded himself for acting “mature” and choosing to laugh and walk away. 

But according to Daniel Cormier, Nate Diaz has yet to reach that level of being “domesticated.” 

“I’ve seen so many great fighters become domesticated. The kids, the house, the wife. It all slows you down, and you almost become domesticated. Nate ain’t there yet. 

“So when you pick a fight with Nate Diaz, he’s going to fight you. Wherever you are. You pick a fight with ‘Gamebred’ Jorge Masvidal, he will fight you. Wherever you are.” 

Daniel Cormier says the outcome could’ve been worse

As seen on the video that made the rounds, Diaz put Peterson in a chokehold, causing the latter to drop and hit his head on the concrete. Peterson recently showed the injury he sustained from the incident and vowed revenge. 

But Cormier says Diaz was doing Petersen a favor, as the outcome could’ve been “worse.” 

“There are a lot of guys in this game that will fight you. So when you play the game, you get some pretty shitty prizes. And so the kid gets choked out. Reality is, it could’ve been much worse. 

“Nate choking him out was almost doing him a favor, ‘cause you don’t even feel that. You literally just go to sleep. It could’ve been much worse for that kid.” 

What happens to Nate Diaz?

After a warrant for his arrest was issued, Diaz decided to turn himself in. The 38-year-old Stockton native was then released after posting a $10,000 bond as his representatives attested that it was an act of self-defense.  
Diaz is currently scheduled to face Jake Paul in a boxing match this August. But these recent turn of events put him in an uncertain spot, which then urged KSI to volunteer himself as a possible backup.

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Milan Ordoñez
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Milan Ordoñez has been covering combat sports since 2012 and has been part of the Bloody Elbow staff since 2016. He’s also competed in amateur mixed martial arts and submission grappling tournaments.

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