Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor Throw Bottles, Cans, Forcing End to UFC 202 Presser

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2016

Dana White, center, stands between Nate Diaz, left, and Conor McGregor during a UFC 202 mixed martial arts news conference, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Las Vegas. Diaz and McGregor are scheduled to fight at UFC 202 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Everyone knew that Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2 was going to produce fireworks, but not too many folks anticipated it going down like this.

At the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference Wednesday, McGregor was fielding a question from ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto when Diaz stormed out of the presser, flanked by his brother, Nick, and training partner Jake Shields, shouting curse words at McGregor.

Lance Pugmire @latimespugmire

Security reports the entry of @nickdiaz209 stirred up the Diaz-McGregor confrontation. Said he motioned to Nate to leave.

On his opponent's way out, McGregor jeered at him over the microphone until Nate threw a water bottle in his direction. That clearly angered McGregor, as he got up, went around the desk and scooped up two cans of Monster Energy and responded in kind. The exchange can be seen here (warning: NSFW language and hand gestures):

Chamatkar Sandhu @SandhuMMA

I've watched it a few times. Diaz threw the water bottle first and then McGregor threw the cans of Monster Energy. Surreal. Crazy. Madness.

Diaz and Co. were rushed outside the room with security, McGregor was left on stage fuming, and UFC staffers started waving the presser to a close.

Matthew Wells @MrMWellsArt

One of the last images from the #UFC202 presser. A pissed off @TheNotoriousMMA staring down @NateDiaz209's camp. https://t.co/Jpk8kDTDTb

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While this is an intriguing bit of news, it is a scary exchange that will likely result in some form of punishment for both men. While it's unlikely the fight is canceled or impacted, both men could be looking at fines or suspensions. Shortly afterward, McGregor discussed the incident with Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, and seemed completely unfazed by the altercation.

Either way, they are set to fight with their fists this Saturday at UFC 202. 

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