Story updated at 9:35 p.m. ET to clarify Matt Staudt’s relationship with Diaz and role in the MMA industry.
Nick Diaz remained in a Las Vegas jail Friday after being arrested for alleged domestic violence.
Diaz, who is being held at Clark County Detention Center, was charged with felony domestic battery by strangulation, as well as misdemeanor domestic battery for the alleged incident.
A person with knowledge of the case told MMAjunkie that 12 units were dispatched to the scene, the alleged female victim was transported to a local hospital, and Diaz was combative with officers during his arrest.
In an impassioned Instagram post, Matt Staudt, who is close friends and business associates with Diaz, came to the defense of the former Strikeforce champion and attempted to discredit the victim as “deranged and insane.” Staudt works behind the scenes with several MMA fighters in public relations and sponsorships.
If it wasn’t clear, I’ve got this guys back if he needs me always and completely. One of the best people I know, and that’s the truth, he just plays by his rules, views the world very differently than most and has been fucked constantly. Seeing how everything evolved here infuriates me. The news is out so better to address than not, and for my own sake, not really on his behalf. I’ve seen drunk guys get in Nick’s face and avoid serious injury because he’s a martial artist and a killer but knows that and he’s passed the point of needing to prove it. He doesn’t even act tough to people… There is no scenario where Nick would put his hands on anyone unless it was necessary self-defense, and then watch the fuck out. Moving on, the girl who is accusing him is the most deranged and insane I’ve met to date. She has been obsessed with and stalked Nick for maybe 2 years now. Suicide attempts, calls to his family from fake numbers, thousand of calls a day – yes thousands, showing up everywhere he goes following his story… He changed his number to get away but Vegas is small and they crossed paths again. She left their interaction feeling some type of way yesterday and put in a fake report to get even and have him arrested which she’s threatened to do many times before as well. I can’t even fully digest this whole thing because of how insane and wrong it is. If Nick’s at fault it is because he has chosen again and again and again not to make a police report against her like I’ve advised profusely in the past when she has hit him or broke his phone or broke into his place or stolen things from him or threatened suicide, etc. Everyone is going to think what they think when they see the news so it’s very important for me to at least put something out that is actually factual. #fakenews
Diaz, 34, hasn’t fought since Jan. 31, 2015, when he lost to Anderson Silva at UFC 183, a result that was later overturned to a no-contest because Silva tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and Diaz tested positive for marijuana.
He recently became eligible to fight after he accepted a one-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for missing three attempted drug tests during a 12-month span.
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