Right now the fight is still on… if Nate Diaz still wants it…
Yesterday, Nate Diaz broke the stunning news that USADA informed him of a violation in his latest test sample. The very popular Stockton fighter is one of the most loved athletes in the sport. He’s booked to fight Jorge Masvidal for the BMF belt. That fight is set to headline UFC 245 in Madison Square Garden in 10 days.
However, suddenly it’s in jeopardy. Diaz broke the news that USADA informed him traces of a banned substance had appeared in his latest test results. This was a major shock because Diaz has a reputation for being one of the cleanest athletes in the game. But as he said: “everybody is on steroids.”
Diaz broke the news because he doesn’t want his legacy tarnished. USADA has not suspended him yet and the fight is still on. But the big question is whether or not he wants to compete with this hanging over him.
Your all on steroids not me pic.twitter.com/ykrZmRIoPS
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) October 24, 2019
The younger Diaz brother released a lengthy profanity-riddled statement about the situation. The UFC veteran has never tested positive for anything before.
“I don’t give a f*** about some money over my dignity and my legacy,” Diaz wrote. “I’m not playing along with this bulls**t. I’m not staying quiet and figuring it out after the fight. That’s cheating.”
At this point, his official results have yet to be released. However, ESPN has reported that he tested positive for “trace amounts of a prohibited selective androgen receptor module (SARM).
It’s worth noting that if this was from Ostarine, multiple fighters have had their bans reduced because it’s consistent with tainted substances. Sean O’Malley found himself in that situation. If you want to know more about SARMS, here is what USADA has to say about them:
“SARMs have the potential to be misused for performance enhancement in sport due to their anabolic properties as well as ability to stimulate androgen receptors in muscle and bone. They are currently prohibited at-all-times in the category of “other anabolic agents” under section S1.2 of the WADA Prohibited List. Some examples of SARMs are Ostarine and Andarine.”
However, Diaz doesn’t even want to go down that road. He insists that he doesn’t use those types of supplements. A dedicated vegan, Diaz gets his nutrients from whole foods and natural food supplements. But only time will tell if he gets away with this or not. It definitely leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of fans who were excited for this one.
“I only take Whole Foods or natural food supplements,” Diaz wrote. “I don’t even eat meat. So until UFC, USADA or whoever is F***ING with me fixes it I won’t be competing.”
There is the chance that this is all a mistake. After all, there’s a good reason why he hasn’t been suspended. Still, this puts a dark cloud over proceedings in New York.