MMAJunkie has confirmed initial reports from Front Row Brian that former Strikeforce welterweight champion and UFC veteran, Nick Diaz has been arrested for alleged domestic violence in Las Vegas.
The charges are that of felony domestic battery by strangulation, along with a misdemeanor domestic battery for the alleged incident. Diaz’ bail has been set at $18,000. He will not be able to post bail until after his court hearing tomorrow at 9am PST.
Since the news broke, one of Diaz’ business partners, Matt Staudt has came forward with his take on the situation with a post on Instagram.
“If it wasn’t clear, I’ve got this guys back if he needs me always and completely. One of the best people I know, and that’s the truth, he just plays by his rules, views the world very differently than most and has been fucked constantly. Seeing how everything evolved here infuriates me. The news is out so better to address than not, and for my own sake, not really on his behalf. I’ve seen drunk guys get in Nick’s face and avoid serious injury because he’s a martial artist and a killer but knows that and he’s passed the point of needing to prove it. He doesn’t even act tough to people… There is no scenario where Nick would put his hands on anyone unless it was necessary self-defense, and then watch the fuck out. Moving on, the girl who is accusing him is the most deranged and insane I’ve met to date. She has been obsessed with and stalked Nick for maybe 2 years now. Suicide attempts, calls to his family from fake numbers, thousand of calls a day – yes thousands, showing up everywhere he goes following his story… He changed his number to get away but Vegas is small and they crossed paths again. She left their interaction feeling some type of way yesterday and put in a fake report to get even and have him arrested which she’s threatened to do many times before as well. I can’t even fully digest this whole thing because of how insane and wrong it is. If Nick’s at fault it is because he has chosen again and again and again not to make a police report against her like I’ve advised profusely in the past when she has hit him or broke his phone or broke into his place or stolen things from him or threatened suicide, etc. Everyone is going to think what they think when they see the news so it’s very important for me to at least put something out that is actually factual. #fakenews”
Nick’s brother Nate also recently has gotten into trouble with the law after getting into a scuffle with former opponent, Clay Guida and Guida’s Team Alpha Male teammate and current TUF 27 competitor, Tyler Diamond at Combate Americas 20 on May 11th.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/25/2018.