Nate Diaz Suspended 90 Days, Fined $20,000

Apr 20, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Nate Diaz (left) fights Josh Thomson (right) during the lightweight bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Diaz made some headlines when he responded to the news that fellow lightweight Pat Healy had his fight night bonuses from UFC 159 taken away because of a failed drug tests becuase of marijuana metabolites in his system. Diaz expressed his opinions on the situation via social media, but it was a derogatory term that he used to describe UFC president Dana White that caught the attention of UFC official.

White was unhappy with the comments and stated that Diaz would be released from the promotion or heavily fined for the homosexual slur.

Luckily for Diaz, White chose the latter punishment.

“UFC lightweight Nate Diaz has received an immediate 90-day suspension and $20,000 fine for violating the UFC’s fighter code of conduct,” the UFC announced in a statement. “The language used in his tweet was regrettable, offensive and inconsistent with the values and culture of the organization, and is not tolerated.

“The money will be donated to charity.”

It could have been a lot worse for Diaz, so he is lucky to get away with only the fine and brief suspension.

Diaz will have to think twice before sending out messages on social media in the future and this will be a warning for all fighters on the UFC roster.

Topics: MMA, Nate Diaz, UFC

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