Nate Diaz Vs Jorge Masvidal Is Still Confirmed For UFC 244, Says UFC President Dana White
UFC has cleared Nate Diaz of any wrongdoings in his anti-doping test and confirmed his blockbuster fight with Jorge Masvidal will still headline UFC 244 next month.
The American Diaz, 34, made a sensational UFC return in August with a victory over Anthony Pettis and ended his three-year hiatus with the MMA organisation.
But Diaz dropped a bombshell on Thursday when he released a lengthy statement on Twitter suggesting that he had failed a doping test.
UFC has now issued a statement to confirm that the 'Stockton Slugger' has not been suspended and will not face any sanctions.
"On October 24, 2019, Nate Diaz released a public statement regarding a recent out-of-competition test conducted by USADA," UFC said in a statement.
• Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz will go ahead at #UFC244. :punch:
• Nate Diaz cleared of all wrongdoing by UFC and USADA and will receive no sanction.
Read UFC's statement in full:https://t.co/n5M9EwcwkW pic.twitter.com/QmIKjvgY93
- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) October 26, 2019
"UFC has been notified by USADA that the out-of-competition test concluded that LGD-4033 was present in Mr Diaz's sample at an amount below the decision concentration level for this substance.
"USADA is reviewing the out-of-competition test as an atypical finding. Further laboratory testing conducted by the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory (SMRTL), a WADA-accredited lab in Salt Lake City, Utah, has confirmed that two bottles of the same organic, vegan, plant-based daily multivitamin that Mr Diaz was using were each contaminated with LGD-4033, which the evidence supports resulted in Mr Diaz's positive sample.
"Mr Diaz has not committed an anti-doping policy violation, has not been provisionally suspended and is not subject to any sanctions.
"Additionally, UFC has been informed by independent experts who have determined that there is unequivocally no appreciable performance enhancing or therapeutic benefit from the significantly limited amount of LGD-4033 that may be present in his system, which is roughly 10,000 times lower than one LGD-4033 therapeutic dose.
"Upon completion of the revised UFC Anti-Doping Policy, UFC and USADA will make the policy publicly available."
Diaz, who has continued to protest his innocence, demanded in a now-deleted tweet that UFC and Dana White must clear his name or he "ain't doin s**t."
And UFC president White took to Twitter to confirm that the fight would still move ahead as planned and backed Diaz by saying he knew he "wasn't taking anything to cheat."
The fight is ON!!! I 100% knew Nate wasn't taking anything to cheat. #UFC244 November 2, MSG. #BMF pic.twitter.com/U9VEOPT0Ul
- Dana White (@danawhite) October 26, 2019
However, Dustin Poirier called out the Stockton native over his doping scandal and blasted him for talking "all that s**t about steroids."
Diaz, who was scheduled to face the 30-year-old Poirier, fired back with a savage response to his UFC rival.
Masvidal and Diaz will compete for the BMF title at UFC 244 on 2nd November at Madison Square Garden.
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