ByAmy Kaplan, writer at Creators.co
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Amy Kaplan

By now you've probably seen the footage of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz in a water bottle throwing fight at the UFC 202 press conference. But what you may not know is why Diaz abruptly left the stage to begin with.

"That guy [McGregor] walks in like he was the show," Diaz told UFC Tonight. "But I thought the show was over, so I left the show.”

Diaz is referring to the fact that McGregor was over 30 minutes late to the press conference.

“I’m too real for this whole game, and they can’t have a guy like me winning because look at what’s happening,” he said. “I get paid finally, I’ve been stuck in contracts for years, and then they sell the UFC.

"It’s changing baby, and it’s because of what’s going on here. And if people don’t recognize that they’re tripping. And the same thing, that’s why they threw me right back in there, they want to weed me out and get me out of here before it gets too big. But it’s already an unstoppable force that’s going at a high pace, so the game is in trouble with someone like me winning. So that’s why."

Diaz and his crew walked out through the audience, pointing middle fingers at McGregor all the way out. When Diaz chucked his water bottle at his opponent, all hell broke loose.

"It’s all good either way though because I cannot be killed and regardless, win or lose, which I plan on winning, my voice is still going to be heard," Diaz said. "My mic got too big to not be heard.”

Diaz and McGregor are set to fight for a second time this Saturday at UFC 202 in Las Vegas.