UFC Fines And Suspends Nate Diaz For Controversial Tweet
By FCF Staff
The controversial tweet that captured headlines Thursday has cost Nate Diaz $20,000 and a 90 day suspension, according to multiple reports. The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the disciplinary action Friday.
Diaz has been fined and suspended for including a gay slur in a tweet, which was directed at Bryan Caraway, after the fighter was awarded “Submission of the Night” honors for UFC 159. The bonus also includes $65,000.
The award was initially given to Pat Healy for his submission win over Jim Miller, however, Healy tested positive for marijuana use and the bout has been declared a no-contest.
In a prepared statement the UFC announced the following about Diaz’s tweet, which violated the promotion’s code of conduct.
“The language used in his tweet was regrettable, offensive and inconsistent with the values and culture of the organization, and is not tolerated.”
Diaz will be unable to fight until after August 17th. The 20K fine will be donated to charity.
The 28 year-old-fighter is coming off a stoppage loss to Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7 on April 20th.