In a surprising turn of events, prosecutors have dropped the criminal case against former UFC star Nate Diaz for his involvement in a street fight on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office confirmed the dismissal of Diaz’s second-degree battery charge, bringing an end to the legal proceedings.
Nate Diaz’s second-degree battery charge related to a New Orleans street fight has been dropped by prosecutors, highlighting the success of his self-defense argument. Diaz’s legal team maintained that his actions were solely intended to protect himself, with supporting evidence from videos before and after the incident.
Diaz’s Self-Defense Argument Prevails
Throughout the case, Diaz maintained that he was acting in self-defense when he choked out Rodney Petersen during the altercation. His representative, Zach Rosenfield, expressed satisfaction with the decision, reiterating their belief that Diaz’s actions were justified.
“Since Rodney Petersen sought out to fight Nate on Bourbon Street, we have maintained that Nate’s actions were 100 percent in self-defense,” Rosenfield stated. “It was clear on the video, clear in pictures, and clear from the multiple other videos Rodney posted before and after.”
The defense team appreciated the thorough review conducted by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office and supported their decision not to pursue the case any further.
Diaz’s Nonchalant Attitude Towards the Case
Despite the pending criminal case, Diaz appeared unfazed by the situation. In fact, he even joked about it during a pre-fight press conference with Jake Paul in May. The former UFC star seemed to take the legal proceedings in stride, showcasing his relaxed demeanor regarding the matter.
It is worth noting that Diaz faced Paul in a match in August and ended up losing by a unanimous decision. However, regardless of the outcome of the fight, the dismissal of his legal troubles brings a sense of relief to Diaz and his supporters.