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Khamzat on backstage brawl: Diaz and Holland “got what they deserved”



UFC 279 press conference Khamzat Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev and UFC president Dana White. Photo via Instagram and YouTube

In a Twitter video, MMA journalist Ariel Helwani accounts for what happened backstage between Khamzat Chimaev, Kevin Holland and Nate Diaz at the UFC 279 press conference.

“There is Khamzat Chimaev and his team, and there is Kevin Holland and his team,” Helwani said on Twitter. “They started to exchange some words and they got very close to each other and were kind of pushing each other and what not. No real physical activity so to speak in terms of serious kicks and punches landed.”

According to Helwani, the altercation then got broken up by former MMA fighter, now manager, Tiki Ghosn.

“Then Nate and his team show up. As the whole thing between Holland and Chimaev dies down, they see Tiki standing next to Chimaev. Nate and his team goes a long way with Tiki, and are kind of confused about that, unhappy about that. Words exchanged, things exchanged back and forth, and all of a sudden water bottles are being thrown, and I guess there were some people being upset about were Tiki was standing and the things that were being said back and forth. So then the whole thing gets out of hand, water bottles being thrown. I believe Tiki got hit by a bottle or two but not seriously hurt. Then once that kind of escalated everyone was finally pulled apart and they decided to cancel the press conference,” Helwani said.

Read more: After backstage fights – Dana White forced to stop UFC 279 press conference for safety reasons: “Never had an incident like today”

Khamzat issued first statement after brawl

Khamzat Chimaev issued his first statement following the alleged backstage altercation ahead of the UFC 279 press conference. The statement was posted to his Instagram story and later transcribed to English by Spinnin Backfist.

“Told them not to play with us, Kevin got what he deserved, so did Diaz.” (Transcription via Spinnin Backfist)

Read more: UFC 279: Chimaev vs. Diaz – Full Fight Card, Start Time & How to Watch

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