The controversial tweet Nate Diaz made Thursday has ended up costing the fighter $20,000 and a 90 day suspension. The punishment came a day after the Ultimate Fighting Championship said it would investigate the incident further, before determining what action it would take.
Diaz directed a gay slur towards fellow UFC vet Bryan Caraway in a tweet, while referencing the fact that the fighter had been awarded UFC 159’s “Submission of the Night”, as a result of Pat Healy’s positive test for marijuana. By utilizing the derogatory term Diaz violated the UFC’s official code of conduct.
According to MMA Fighting.com the UFC relayed the following in a prepared statement:
“The language used in his tweet was regrettable, offensive and inconsistent with the values and culture of the organization, and is not tolerated.”
Diaz’s fine will be donated to charity and the fighter will be unable to compete until August 17th. The 28 year-old is coming off a TKO loss to Josh Thomson on April 20th, so it’s unlikely Diaz would have been booked in advance for a bout prior to mid-August.
Healy was initially awarded the “Submission of the Night” honor after he choked out Jim Miller with a rear-naked-choke at the April 27th event. As a result of his positive test, however, the fight has been declared a no-contest. Fighters who fail drug tests cannot collect any performance based bonuses.
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