A Nate Diaz tweet posted late Tuesday night suggested that there were issues with him traveling into Canada for his fight with Rory MacDonald at UFC 129 on April 30th in Toronto.
The scheduled welterweight bout between Diaz (13-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and MacDonald (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set to take place during UFC 129 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Rogers Centre and is slated as a featured bout for SpikeTV’s undercard broadcast.
However, in a recent report publicized by MMAFighting.com, Diaz’s manager and trainer, Cesar Gracie, ensured that the bout is still on. Gracie explained the situation via text message to reporter Ariel Helwani:
According to Gracie, Diaz got into a “scrap” in Reno, Nevada, in 2006, and was charged with disturbing the peace. However, the charge never stopped Diaz from traveling to Canada in the past for various promotional events and everything is now in place for him to re-enter the country next month. Gracie wrote that the UFC was “just making sure [Diaz] has all (the) documentation” needed to cross the border for a fight.
The news from Gracie comes as a sigh of relief for MMA fans, who plan on being treated to an intriguing matchup between two young, promising welterweights.
Diaz, a former lightweight, has a record of 2-1 since moving up to take fights in the welterweight division. In his last bout, Diaz was on the wrong side of a controversial unanimous decision loss to Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 125.
MacDonald, a native of British Columbia, Canada, will be coming off of a 9-month layoff to fight in his home country. MacDonald’s last bout saw him drop a tough third round TKO loss to top-ten welterweight Carlos Condit.