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The real fight of the night

Some of the most intriguing fights in MMA come before or after the scheduled brawl in the cage. The trash-talking. The threats. The mangled quotes, the awkward stares. The bicep flexes and even a few disturbing grunts.

No matter the promotion, it's usually a guarantee that the most entertaining moments of the shows will leak into the pre-fight press conferences (Kimbo and Ken, we're looking at you), during the announcement of the judges' decision (Nate, K.J. ... Nate and K.J.'s dads, you can't hide), and, as shown most recently at UFC Fight Night 15, the post-fight conferences.

In what was a baffling and undoubtedly rare moment for the media, Nate Diaz was short of salacious quotes about his latest win and opponent Josh Neer. Diaz's time was limited in dropping four-letter bombs. Why?

Because Nate had barely taken his seat in front of reporters at the post-fight press conference when his older brother Nick launched into a tirade that disrupted the interview and left the UFC staff with the unenviable task of keeping the Diaz clan from causing a scene. Good luck with that one.

Nate abandoned the press conference as his brother shouted profanities at no one in particular, and together they took their rant into the hallway.

Yes, the notorious potty-mouthed pair struck again. Maybe this was Nick's way paying his family back for their feud with the Noons' at EliteXC on Showtime in June. All about reciprocities in the Diaz household.

The only real question Nate was asked (and actually answered without vulgarity), "Where does this put you in the lightweight division?"

His answer: "With a win over Josh Neer."

Thanks, Nate. Thanks so much. I think you're brother just flipped off some UFC staff in the corner. But that's nothing new.

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