Nate Diaz is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing on June 27 in New Orleans regarding his involvement in an April street brawl. The popular MMA star faces second degree battery charges, which carry a prison sentence of up to eight years and/or a fine of up to $2,000 if convicted.
The altercation occurred following the Misfits Boxing 6 card at which Diaz was present in support of his friend Chris Avila. It began when Diaz choked Rodney Petersen unconscious after the latter allegedly “aggressively pursued” him with intent to engage him. Later that night, Diaz also got into a minor scuffle with reality TV star Chase DeMoor by throwing a water bottle at him during the event.
Diaz’s team has claimed self-defense and will present all facts surrounding the incident before District Attorney upon meeting later this month. According to Nate’s representative Zach Rosenfield, “Nate acted entirely in self defense” against Petersen’s aggressive behavior towards him and looks forward to presenting evidence that confirms such claim during the hearing process.
As for Nate’s future plans outside legal issues, he is expected to face Jake Paul in an Aug 5 boxing match taking place at Dallas American Airlines Center . Ahead of their upcoming fight, both men are set for a press conference on May 9th where they will give statements prior officially announcing their bout date.
For now though, eyes remain focused on what transpires from Nate’s June court hearing as it could potentially carry severe consequences towards his career as well personal life should he be found guilty of committing second degree battery charges listed against him.,
What a joke
You don’t know what you’re talking about
MMA is not just a sport, it’s an art form and Nate Diaz should be allowed to practice it however he wants
That doesn’t matter, the law still applies here
What kind of message does this send? We can’t keep punishing people for fighting!
This is ridiculous, why would anyone want to put someone away for 8 years for something so minor? No one was seriously hurt.