Nate Diaz surrenders after a street brawl in New Orleans

Nate Diaz, a mixed martial artist, turned himself in to New Orleans police Thursday to deal with a battery charge stemming from a weekend street altercation. The 38-year-old surrendered after a video showing Diaz choking YouTube star Rodney Petersen unconscious during a brawl on the city’s famed Bourbon Street went viral.

In the footage, Petersen confronts Diaz while others fight around her. Diaz then puts Petersen in a chokehold before presumably dropping him to the ground unconscious. According to the police, Petersen was discovered “bleeding from the back of his head”.

Diaz went to police with his attorney on Thursday and turned himself in, according to a press release. According to his attorney Walter Becker, Diaz acted in self-defense.

In a statement, Becker said Diaz “looks forward to providing the District Attorney with all of the facts regarding this incident, which clearly show that a trained combatant named Rodney Petersen aggressively pursued Nate with a view to attacking him, and after doing so, Nate acted.” completely in self-defense”.

Diaz secured bail and was allowed to return to his home in Stockton, California, according to Zach Rosenfield, Diaz’s PR rep. “We appreciate how we were treated by the New Orleans Police Department, the court and their staff,” Rosenfield wrote in an email.

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Nate Diaz switches to boxing

Diaz has been one of the most popular competitors in MMA since he shared two high-profile bouts with Conor McGregor in 2016. Diaz and his older brother, former Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz, are known for their aggressive fighting style, strict training standards, embrace of marijuana culture and anti-authoritarian stance that MMA fans like.

Nate Diaz has been a UFC fighter since 2007, but he’s now a freelance advertising agent, having ended his contract after turning in Tony Ferguson last year. Diaz has stated that he would be interested in returning to the UFC in the future, but he also started his own martial arts company, Real Fight Inc, last year.

Diaz is also following in the footsteps of many MMA stars by moving into the boxing ring, where paydays are often higher than in the UFC. In August he will face YouTube star Jake Paul in an eight-round boxing match in Dallas.

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