The reason behind the rift between Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña and Tanner Buchanan

Xolo Maridueña

Have you watched the hit martial arts series, Cobra Kai? One of the famous stars of the series is Xolo Maridueña, who acts as Miguel Diaz. He has a rival Robby Keene played by Tanner Buchanan in the show. During a podcast show, Maridueña shared that he argued with Buchanan at the time of production of the first season. The argument occurred when Buchanan spent the day filming the scenes about the characters facing off All Valley Tournament. Due to a snowstorm, many cast members stayed at a hotel instead of going home. It was also Buchanan’s birthday. Know what the argument between the cast members was. 

Who is Xolo Maridueña?

 Xolo Maridueña is an American actor. He is twenty years of age now. Also, he became popular for his role as Miguel Diaz in the Netflix series Cobra Kai. Further, he also acted as Victor Graham in the TV series Parenthood. In the DC Extended Universe, he will act as Jaime Reyes / Blue Beetle in the film Blue Beetle. The actor is of Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian descent

Who is Tanner Buchanan? 

Tanner Buchanan is a twenty-three-year-old actor who became popular for his role in Leo Kirkman in the ABC political drama Designated Survivor. Then he acted in Cobra Kai as Robby Keene. Some of the popular series he was part of are – Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, The Fosters and more. 

What happened between Xolo Maridueña and Tanner Buchannan? 

Xolo Maridueña was only close with his other co-stars Mouser and Bertrand. They were all joking in the hotel room, and Bertrand shared that Buchanan said his height was 5-foot-10. Then Buchanan replied that he was that height and asked Xolo whether he was 6 feet. For this, Xolo replied that he is not 6 foot but between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-10. He revealed that he corrected Buchanan and said that he is a few inches shorter than what he claimed to be his height. During this conversation, Maridueña became intense and said, ‘What, bro you are five, five! I’m five, 10, there’s no way, bro, you’re lying!’ and Tanner said ‘No I went to the doctor, and they said that”. 

Mariduana understood that he was taking the matter so far as he was only sixteen years old. He also went back and forth in the argument with Buchanan that turned into an argument. Tanner said that he was tired and went to his room, ending the argument, and it was also his birthday. Further, Tanner was not very close with the cast during the first season, but he became more social after some time. 

Why was Tanner Buchanan a little apart from the Cobra Kai cast? 

Tanner Buchannan was very busy during his work in Cobra Kai. He never had any downtime because of the intense karate practises and the acting. Also, it seems he had insomnia during the shoot. After working all day for the series, he could not sleep after returning home. 

Did the cast members really know Karate? 

Xolo Maridueña said that he was the cast member with the least amount of training. But it seems he received some Karate training when he was a child. After filming two seasons of the show he has good experience and is confident in doing traditional karate. But after booking the first season of Cobra Kai he learnt karate more seriously. It was easier for him to perform stunts in the training sessions than the traditional karate. 


Xolo Maridueña is quite similar to his character in Cobra Kai. He has also patched up with his co-star Tanner Buchanan.