UFC fighter Nate Diaz has incorrectly been identified as a suspect who was hospitalized following an altercation with authorities – a report which was retracted shortly after by the Miami Herald. The initial Herald report, which cited Diaz as the person facing allegations for attacking multiple Miami police officers at a police station, now explains there was a “miscommunication.” The suspect is actually a low-level local Florida MMA fighter named Michael Albert Nates.
Per the Miami Herald:
“In an initial version of this story, the Miami Herald incorrectly reported that mixed martial arts superstar Nate Diaz had been arrested in a domestic-violence case. The Herald apologizes for the error.”
Shortly after, the report explains that the man who had been arrested in an incident in which he allegedly attempted to snatch a child and attacked officers was a mixed martial arts fighter, but not Diaz.
“While Colina confirmed that a martial arts fighter had been in a tussle at the police station, there was miscommunication between a reporter and the police chief about the suspect’s identity.” per the Miami Herald.
Diaz’s representative Zach Rosenfield reported to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that Diaz wasn’t actually in Miami at the time, and states that “this story is absolutely not accurate.”
The Actual Suspect Is an MMA Fighter With a 3-1 Record & No UFC Experience
The fighter involved in the incident with Miami Police is not a UFC fighter. His name is Michael Nates and he has a 3-1 record with all of his fights coming on the minor league MMA circuit in Florida. Nates hasn’t even fought professionally since 2012, when he won a fight in the Championship Fighting Alliance, which is based in the Miami area.
According to the police report, Nates, not Diaz, was arrested on domestic violence charges that were related to a child, and then is accused of attacking police officers when his handcuffs were taken off. “It took quite a few officers to hold him down,” Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina told the Miami Herald about Nates.
Nates remains in custody at the Miami Dade County Jail on charges of aggravated battery on law enforcement, resisting an officer with violence, escape, criminal mischief, resisting arrest without violence and depriving an officer of means of communication or protection, jail records show. Those charges stem from the incident at the police station. He is also facing charges of attempted kidnapping of a child under the age of 13 and battery.
Nate Diaz Is One of the Most Recognizable Fighters in the UFC
Diaz is one of UFC’s most prominent and beloved fighters in the entire sport, and one who has carried the brand to grand heights. He’s also made headlines for multiple reasons both in and out of the Octagon.
At UFC 241 workouts, Diaz smoked a joint on stage, and he also tested positive for trace amounts of the performance-enhancing drug SARMS. Diaz was previously suspended for “homophobic slurs” directed towards UFC fighter Bryan Caraway, as Bleacher Report detailed.
The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner and brother of fellow MMA fighter and former UFC fighter, Nick Diaz, currently holds a UFC record of 21-12. Diaz’s most recent bout in the Octagon came back in November of 2019 at UFC 244 – a losing effort against Jorge Masvidal in what was deemed a TKO.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this report confused Nate Diaz with his brother, Nick Diaz, while citing a 2018 domestic violence incident. Nick Diaz was suspected of abusing his girlfriend, but was not charged. Nate Diaz has never been suspected or accused of domestic violence.