Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, Nate Diaz, was not a big fan of the way Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was supporting longtime friend Jorge Masvidal after he captured the “BMF” title at UFC 244 in New York.
He actually threatened to fight The Rock.
”Fk The Rock too, man,” Diaz said. “That motherfker over here playing me. See him over here smiling with Masvidal. Should have had Mike Tyson handing out a belt if anybody. I don’t give a f**k about any belt anyway, but he can get it too.”
“Nga, he’s on that side, fk him. I’m on the west coast side, Mike Tyson should have been here anyway, he’s the baddest man on the planet, right? He should have been the one over here.”
“You guys caught me at a bad time,” he admitted. “The Rock’s cool, I like Ballers. But he picked the wrong side, he picked the other side so he can get it too. He can get his ass whupped too, straight up. With all due respect, he can get it too.”
A week after Nate Diaz directed that criticism to him, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson seemed entirely unfazed.
Johnson, making an appearance on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” said he didn’t take the jab personally.
“I wasn’t surprised at Nate’s comments because that’s the Nate that we all know and love,” Johnson told Ariel Helwani. “He is as advertised. Nate, he gets it. He knows that me and Jorge we’re boys, we’re from Miami. We have a lot of deep connections down there. A lot of the fighters we know, a lot of the coaches and trainers that we know, a lot of the gyms that we’ve been to down there. So there’s a connection, so no I was totally fine with it. He gets it.”
“I went into the fight, I wanted to be as neutral as possible when I was promoting it because as we’re leading up to it and selling it on pay-per-view, I didn’t want to come out and say, ‘Jorge is my boy and he’s gonna win,’” Johnson said. “No, I just wanted to be neutral and I thought that was the best, smartest, strategic play to get as many new eyes on this fight as possible and again help impact in my own little way the bottom line. From what I’m told, since UFC’s transition it was the biggest fight they’ve ever had, second I’m sorry, to Conor and Khabib, which is quite an amazing accomplishment. I’m very proud for both those guys.”