Nate Diaz and his crew are never afraid to create beef and stir up trouble while at MMA events. Recently, Bellator featherweight champion AJ McKee addressed the past feud with the UFC star.
A lot of the problem has to do with their training partners, Chris Avila boxed AJ McKee’s MMA teammate, Anthony Taylor. The UFC star got in a brawl with the Bellator champion’s team before the event.
“I wouldn’t call it beef,” McKee told MMAFighting. “Anthony ‘Pretty Boy’ [Taylor] is not to be touched in my presence, period. Out of respect for me or whoever the hell you want to put respect on it for, he’s not to be touched in my presence. I’m not too fond of Chris [Avila] or Nate [Diaz], I don’t like bullies.
“So ya’ll try to walk around and bully Anthony, that’s not going to fly with me. So every encounter we have, it’s been a little touchy. I wouldn’t call it a beef cause if it was a real beef, it would get handled.”
It may not be beef at this point but the two MMA fighters have had issues in the past. AJ McKee tried to handle business with Nate Diaz but the UFC welterweight was not having it.
“I had a previous issue with one of his boys a couple of years back and just O.G. style, I sent Nate a text like ‘what’s good?’” MMA champion McKee explained. “I know your boy is UFC, I’m Bellator, bro, we’ve been in the game before that. If we’ve got an issue, let’s go backyard style like how we originated and get down, bro. Of course, no response. Some people just ain’t cut from that cloth like that, you know what I mean, versus my dad — we know that man’s crazy as hell.
“So I know I’ve got it in me but I’ve got it tamed a little bit. Disrespect, it only goes so far and I now feel disrespected and that’s when it becomes a problem and that’s why I asked Nate ‘what’s good, we’ve got an issue?’ and he just kind of laughs. That’s not a no but that’s not a yes, what’s up? Every time I see Nate that’s the question. We’ve got issues? What’s good? Is there a problem, bro? I don’t think it’s a real issue. If it does come down to an issue, we can let these [hands] do the talking.”
There is a lot of interest in an MMA fight between AJ McKee and Nate Diaz. Diaz has expressed interest in Bellator before and his UFC contract looks like it’s about to come to an end soon.
“He’s got one fight left on his contract — maybe I get him on Showtime and get him over there,” McKee said. “I love family affair ass whoopings. I know Chris is Nate’s little pocket holder. So maybe I’ll beat him up and then beat up Nate after. I don’t really care. Like I said, I love to fight. At the end of the day, we can’t talk about it, we’re both fighters, we can settle it like O.G.s.”
AJ McKee made sure to clear things up and confirmed he has no beef with the MMA fighters. The Bellator featherweight champion is more of a fan of Nick Diaz anyways.
“Bring that ass here, boy,” McKee said about Diaz. “It’s weird cause I grew up watching Nick and Nate. Favorite fighters since I was a kid. Since my dad was fighting, they were the kids in the game. Now I’m the kid in the game and they’re the older guys in the game. I had an opportunity to meet Nick. Nick walked over and introduced himself, while Nate and Chris Avila are over there doing their little brother thing. You know how little brothers are. That’s just the way I see it.
“No real beef there. It’s big brother, little brother. Little brothers will always be little brothers until the big brother puts the little brother in check.”