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UFC legend Nate Diaz wanted in New Orleans on battery charge after allegedly choking TikToker in Bourbon street scuffle

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UFC legend and soon-to-be pro boxer Nate Diaz is wanted in New Orleans, Louisiana, after a scuffle outside a boxing event resulted in an altercation where Diaz reportedly choked a man unconscious.

Diaz is wanted on second-degree battery, according to Fox News, stemming from a Misfits Boxing event Diaz attended in support of a friend on April 21, 2023.

Police responded to a "large altercation" early the next morning, finding a man who appeared to be unconscious whom officers saw "bleeding from the rear of his head."

"After investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Nate Diaz," according to police. "He has been charged with second-degree battery."

A man appearing to be Diaz was seen on video standing in front of another man before the two engaged. Diaz then rendered the man unconscious with a standing guillotine choke.

Former UFC fighter Jake Shields took to Twitter in defense of Diaz, posting a frame-by-frame breakdown of the altercation and saying that Diaz was acting in self-defense.

"I'm biased, but this is clearly self-defense," Shields concluded.

The man at the other end of the altercation was reportedly TikTok creator Rodney Petersen, who has over 200,000 followers on the platform.

Petersen appeared in a video with what appeared to be a head laceration he suffered after hitting the ground unconsciously.

“So, I don’t know what the hell I did to Nate Diaz,” Petersen said, with blood seemingly on his neck and head. “But I tell you what, I’m going to knock him the f*** out when I know he’s coming. You caught me off guard, dude. What’d you think I was, Logan?”

UFC President Dana White remarked on the altercation, saying that Diaz is "going to get sued like a motherfu**er," according to the Daily Mail.

"That guy's head bounced like a f***ing basketball," White also said.

Diaz's last UFC fight was in September 2022, when he defeated fellow legend Tony Ferguson. The 38-year-old claims he still intends to fight Conor McGregor for a third time, telling McGregor's next opponent, Michael Chandler, in March 2023 not to defeat him.

Diaz is currently scheduled to fight YouTuber turned pro boxer Jake Paul in August 2023.

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