Local MMA Fighter Attacks Cops, Paper Misidentifies Him As UFC's Nate Diaz
Miami, FL – A local Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter attacked Miami police officers inside the police station as he was being booked on domestic violence charges on Wednesday morning.
Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina said that 31-year-old Michael Albert Nates attacked the officers as soon as his handcuffs were removed inside the station house, according to the Miami Herald.
“It took quite a few officers to hold him down,” Chief Colina told the Miami Herald.
The chief said that paramedics ended up sedating the suspect and transported him to Jackson Memorial Hospital, The MMA Community reported.
No details were available about the alleged domestic violence arrest that landed Nates in police custody in the first place.
Police have not said if the MMA fighter will face additional charges for his attack on the police officers, The MMA Community reported.
The Miami Herald initially reported that internationally-known UFC champion Nate Diaz was the fighter in the Miami police’s custody.
The newspaper later ran a retraction and correction and blamed their reporting on bad information from law enforcement sources.
But social media has not been very forgiving of the error.
Diaz’s representatives are still furious about the mistake, MMA Fighting reported.
“This is utter nonsense and is irresponsible as it comes,” Zach Rosenfield said. “We are exploring legal action.”
Rosenfeld said Diaz’s team was exploring the potential ramifications for the Miami Herald.