THE RIVALRY between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz escalated at UFC 239 as the pair clashed cageside.
Both men were in attendance to watch Jon Jones’ UFC light-heavyweight title defence against Brazilian Thiago Santos.
Stockton brawler Diaz looked to confront lightweight champion Nurmagomedov with the Russian’s outspoken manager Ali Abdelaziz also present.
Diaz, who famously defeated Conor McGregor at UFC 196 in March 2016, exchanged words with Nurmagomedov before trying to get closer to the champion.
However, the 34-year-old was stopped in his tracks by security while members of Nurmagomedov’s entourage began to fire back verbal jabs of their own.