Nate Diaz has been left furious after learning that he’s been flagged for a potential drug test violation by USADA and as such has chosen to withdraw from his eagerly anticipated headline fight with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 in New York City on November 3rd.
Diaz has reportedly tested for elevated levels of selective androgen receptor module (SARM), which has been banned since 2008, but in a statement the fighter is adamant that he’s not taken any kind of performance enhancing drug and has defiantly refused to fight in protest.
“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 tainted supplements,” Diaz wrote in a statement.
“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***ing with me fixes it, I won’t be competing.
“I’m not gonna play their game and try and hide it or keep quiet, as they suggested.
“I’m not gonna have my name tainted as a cheater like these other motherf*****s who keep quiet until after the fight just so they can get paid. F***in cheaters.
“I don’t give a f*** about some money over my dingity and my legacy. I’m not playing along with this bulls***.
“I’m not staying quiet and figuring it out after the fight. That’s cheating.
“So fight game I’ll see you when I see you. Sincerely, the realest baddest motherf***** in the game.
“YOUR ALL ON STEROIDS.”
With the fight, which has become one of the most eagerly awaited of the year, set to take place in just over two weeks time, this is a complete disaster for the UFC and a huge disappointment for fans of the sport.
However, there may still be light at the end of the tunnel as ESPN’s Ariel Helwani has reported that Diaz has not been provisionally suspended yet, so technically the fight could still take place, though Diaz seems adamant he won’t compete while he’s being accused of something he passionately believes he didn’t do.