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'Most of us are from the streets, most of them are': Darren Thiel details UFC backstage scrimmage

caused Dana White to cancel Thursday The event of today’s UFC 279 press conference in Las Vegas dominates the MMA press scene — but as far as Darren Thiel is concerned, it’s just something that sometimes happens to professional fighters.

According to live reports, Khamzat Chimaev allegedly pushed and kicked Kevin Holland while waiting for reporters backstage, and a second incident occurred shortly after , involving members of Nate Diaz and Chimaev’s large entourage.

But for Thiel, it’s just another day at the office.

“It’s normal,” Thiel specifically told Mike Live. “I don’t know if I’m saying that because we’re fighters, because we’ve been fighting.

“So, we’ve been separated all week, team . There were about 30 of us, I think about 50. There are big teams. So we came in, six of us each. I think Nate had six people coming to the media and six of us waiting in the background. Then when we came out, they would say, “Go inside and sit down.” But Khamzat was alone, so I thought, “Is he all right?” I looked at Kevin, and Kevin was alone, so everyone All alone, I don’t know where Nate is.


“They’re like, ‘But you look at them and they’re looking at you, and something’s going to happen. ‘ Nothing really happens, does it? So he was like, ‘Until, please. sit down. ‘ I said, ‘Okay, I’ll sit down, but when Khamzat came out for the press conference, we all got up. I want you to know. He said it was fine.

“Then I saw a security guard running in the background and I thought, ok Well now what’s going on here? And then Dana came out and was like, ‘We’re going to cancel the press conference.’

” So everybody got up at MGM, every Individuals left, no matter what they were doing. I couldn’t get to the entrance, so Guram [Kutateladze] and I, we jumped over the hurdle. We ran over and Khamzat was on the other side. I don’t see where Nate is, but Nate’s people who are going to come in don’t. Nate was like out there somewhere or something. I didn’t see Kevin and then we went to Deep Bay. That’s all we’ve seen, so obviously there’s something ahead of that, I think. “

But at the end of the day, while Thiel said it was definitely a situation that wasn’t going to get worse too bad, no one was hurt, UFC 279 will go ahead as planned, even if the week The five-night weigh-in ceremony can be a bit intense.

“I think people out there just set it up A little more than it is now,” he said.

“It’s just that. 100 million percent,” he added when asked if the situation could get out of hand. “What I do know is that Diaz’s team was over there, maybe 57 people, and we were there, maybe 35 people. . Let me tell you one thing, most of them are fighters, most of us are fighters. All of this is like me, I’m like that…

“Most of us are from the streets, and so are most of them. This is Things we’re used to doing. If we get close, things get said. Someone’s going to look at someone and say who are you looking at? Then we’re all going to fight. That’s what’s going to happen.”




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