Nate Diaz has carved a reputation as a tough, no nonsense man in his storied career in the UFC. So you could be forgiven for thinking that the lightweight would give errant text messages short shrift.
Luke Thomas, an MMA journalist, was speaking on MMAFightingonSBN's Youtube channel about a funny incident where he accidentally texted the Stockton fighter instead of his friend of the same name.
Thomas messaged his friend with the text 'Dude, I've got a story to tell you.' After his friend didn't reply back straight away Thomas got worried:
I was on the train and I had like a few beers at this point. I was done with work, for the most part, and I was not thinking. So, texting a friend. No harm there, right? I didn't get a response and I was like 'that's kind of weird'. Usually, this person's quick. I looked at my phone and there's a text from Nate Diaz and it says, I'm not kidding, 'Who dis?' and I'm like 'Ohhh noooo! I texted Nate Diaz. Oh God! What have I done?'
Thomas went on to apologise for disturbing Diaz, but rather than simply accept the apology Diaz wanted to know what the scoop was:
So then I'm like, 'Real sorry, Nate. Apologies. Meant to text someone else. Have a great night. My sincere mistake. Sorry for bothering you.' Like five minutes passes and he goes, 'Well, tell me your story.' And I'm like, 'You've got to be kidding me'. He texts like an ear emoji or something and he wanted me to tell him the story."
I gave him some basic generalisations. I didn't get too far into anything. This went on for like five minutes. He's giving me details and advice on how to handle something and I'm just like, 'You've got to be kidding me. This is hilarious.' Then, at the end, he was just like, 'Have a good night.'
Reflecting on the incident Thomas commented on his surprise with how easy going Diaz was:
Here's my point about it all without divulging the context of my conversation, as a drunk idiot I texted him something by accident and he took it and ran with it and was kind of cool about it.