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Nate Diaz Not Provisionally Suspended; Fight With Masvidal Still Possible

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 19: Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz after their face off during a press conference ahead of UFC 244 at The Rooftop at Pier 17 on September 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Nate Diaz has not been provisionally suspended by USADA despite the UFC welterweight revealing an adverse drug-test finding in a statement on Twitter.

Diaz is scheduled to face Jorge Masvidal in Madison Square Garden in just ten days time in what has been one of the most anticipated bouts in recent memory.

On Thursday night however he released a statement outlining that he was informed he had an adverse drug-test finding and that he was told he had “elevated levels” that may have come from tainted supplements.

The Stockton native explained that he would not be making his way out to New York unless the situation gets rectified but according to ESPN, Diaz has not been provisionally suspended by USADA, at least as of yet.

“UFC and USADA are gathering information and will issue a statement as soon as possible,” USADA spokesperson Adam Woullard told ESPN.

This means that as of right now the fight, which is for the newly created BMF (“baddest m—–f—–“) title, is still set to go ahead as the main event of UFC 244.

ESPN also understand that Diaz tested positive for a substance called selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM), and explained that the decision as to whether the fight goes ahead could ultimately come down to Diaz himself.

The full statement from Diaz’s Twitter can be found below;

“I’m not gonna make it out to NYC for fight week next week because they say I tested with elevated levels that they say might be from some tainted supplements.

“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 and hide it or keep quiet, as they suggested.

“I’m not going to have my name tainted as a cheater like these other motherf*****s who keep quiet until after the fight so they can get paid. F****** cheaters.

“I don’t give a f*** about some money over my dignity and my legacy. I’m not playing along with this bulls***.

“I’m not staying quiet and figuring it out after the fight. That’s cheating.

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