Ultimate Fighting Championship stars have shared their thoughts about Nate Diaz’s shocking announcement.
On Tuesday, the former Strikeforce standout revealed that he is pulling out of the UFC 244 main event against Jorge Masvidal after an anti-doping violation issue.
Diaz and Masvidal are scheduled to headline the said fight card on November 2 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, with the one-and-done ‘baddest motherf***er’ title up for grabs.
Everyone is excited about this intriguing clash until the Stockton, California native admitted that he was flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for a failed drug test.
ESPN has reported that the Nevada-based promotion and its anti-doping partner “are gathering information and will issue a statement as soon as possible.”
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Nate Diaz Releases Statement
“I’m not gonna make it out to NYC for fight week next week becausee they say I tested with elevated levels that they say might be from some tainted supplements,” Diaz said.
“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 to hide it or keep quite, as they suggested. I’m not going to have my name tainted as a cheater like these other motherfuckers who keep quite until after the fight just so that they can get paid.”
“F***ing cheaters. I don’t give a fuck about some money over my dignity and legacy.”
“I’m not playing along with that bullshit. I’m not staying quite 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 motherfucker in the game.”
Here’s how UFC fighters reacted to Diaz’s announcement:
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) October 24, 2019
I know you feel like someone is setting you up, that’s exactly how I felt. At times its going to feel like a pretty hopeless situation but maybe it’s not, you can’t just give up and do nothing. This is a different type of fight man, you owe it to your fans to fight it.
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2019
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) October 24, 2019
FAKE NEWS. Quit trying to fight journeymen Marty. Let Masvidal fight another .500 fighter or Leon Scott. You got a date with daddy December 14th. And we’re not talking about the one in Federal Penitentiary. https://t.co/wO9ssn3NGY
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) October 24, 2019
If Diaz is really out I know a guy…
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) October 24, 2019
F🤬🤬ck this guys!
I’m clean right here!
And I fight anyone, anywhere, anytime, any weight, any rules set! Just say my name you already know my answer it’s a Let’s go! #everyoneisonsteroids
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) October 24, 2019
Breaking news: UFC is moving on from USADA
— Anthony Rocco Martin (@TonyRoccoMartin) October 24, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/ Nate Diaz)