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Nate Diaz, USADA at odds over drug test

by Paul Cifonelli - Sports Editor
Tue, Oct 29th 2019 09:00 pm
Nate Diaz paces around the octagon before a fight. He had a dispute with the USADA this past week over a tainted supplement that was detected on a drug test.
Nate Diaz paces around the octagon before a fight. He had a dispute with the USADA this past week over a tainted supplement that was detected on a drug test.

UFC star Nate Diaz is the baddest m----------- (BMF) in the game, just ask him. However, he is also one of the cleanest, as he has spoken out about steroid use in the UFC multiple times. When the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notified him that there were “elevated levels” of a foreign substance in a sample he provided, Diaz backed out of his much-anticipated fight against Jorge Masvidal on Saturday, Nov. 2.

“I’m not gonna make it out to NYC for fight week next week because they say I tested with elevated levels that they say might be from some tainted supplements,” Diaz tweeted. “I call false on that ‘cause I only take Whole Food or natural food supplements. I don’t even eat meat. So until UFC, USADA or whoever is F------ with me fixed it, I won’t be competing.”

After sending out the tweet, Diaz made it known yet again that he is vegan and takes supplements that adhere to his diet. One of the supplements he took was tainted with LGD-4033, or artificial lean muscle mass, according to a statement by UFC officials.

Without it being confirmed by UFC President Dana White, another tweet by Diaz suggested that he was told to ignore the drug test results until after the fight happened.

“I don’t give a f--- about some money over my dignity and my legacy,” Diaz tweeted. “I’m not playing along with this bulls---. I’m not staying quiet and figuring it out after the fight. That’s cheating.”

Diaz is well-respected by his fellow fighters and his stance against cheating and performance-enhancing substances took many people by surprise, including Masvidal and UFC light heavyweight champion and Rochester, New York native Jon Jones.

“You not the baddest m--- in the game (i am) but you are one of the cleanest m---’s @NateDiaz209 I’ll see you nov 2,” Masvidal tweeted. “I know your name is clean. I don’t need @usantidoping to tell me s---!”

Jones speaks from experience, as he was controversially suspended by the UFC twice for failed drug tests.

“Not many people in the world know what you’re feeling right now, I do,” Jones tweeted. “Keep your head up man. I knew I was innocent and was willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours with scientists and lawyers to prove it.”

After Jones’ second suspension, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes spoke out about the inconsistency of USADA, according to the Associated Press. Jones passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests but failed his in-competition one, which was administered by USADA.

It did not take long for White and USADA to clear Diaz’s name, as he was never officially suspended for the incident. The UFC said that the amount LGD-4033 in Diaz’s system was below the legal limit. Diaz was finally cleared after giving USADA a sample of the supplement that he took that contained the contaminant. He was also allowed to fight by the New York State Athletic Commission, making the fight officially a go for Nov. 2.

“Based on the full lab and medical analyses provided by USADA and reviewed by the commission, Nate Diaz is not disqualified from participating in the upcoming UFC 244 event,” New York State Department of State spokesperson Mercedes Padilla told ESPN in a statement. “As with all fighters proposed for the UFC 244 event, the New York State Athletic Commission licensing process continues through the weigh-in and pre-fight physical.”

Diaz vs. Masvidal is the main event of UFC 244 in Madison Square Garden in New York City, with the winner getting the first ever BMF belt.

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