nate-diaz-22.jpgUFC lightweight Nate Diaz is the latest fighter to violate the UFC’s code of conduct, and the promotion has suspended him.

Hours after Diaz wrote a derogatory term for a homosexual on his official Twitter account, UFC President Dana White told ( the fighter would be fined and suspended – or possibly released from the promotion. He did not give a timeline for a decision.

But late Thursday, UFC officials issued a statement to that stated the company had suspended Diaz.

“We are very disappointed by Nate Diaz’s comments, which are in no way reflective of our organization,” the statement read. “Nate is currently suspended pending internal investigation, and we will provide further comment once the matter has been decided.”

Diaz issued a pair of tweets Thursday in which he expressed sympathy for Pat Healy, who was docked $130,000 in bonus money after testing positive for marijuana, and attacked the fighter given $65,000 of the money, Bryan Caraway.

“I feel bad for pat Healy that they took a innocent mans money and I think the guy who took the money is the biggest F-g in the world,” Diaz wrote on Twitter.

Healy submitted Jim Miller at UFC 159 this past month in Newark, N.J. But after his positive test, the win was overturned to a no-contest.

Earlier this year, the UFC instituted a formal code of conduct that bars fighters from using discriminatory or derogatory language. This past month, the promotion suspended and fined heavyweight Matt Mitrione for an offensive rant about transgender fighter Fallon Fox, though the suspension lasted a mere three weeks before he was booked for another fight.

Diaz’s manager, Mike Kogan, told he expected the UFC to take action, but as of a Thursday afternoon conversation with him, he hadn’t spoken to anyone from the promotion.

Kogan, however, defended Diaz’s choice of words. He did not advise the fighter to delete the tweet and suggested his Twitter followers to look up the meaning of the word “f-g” in the Urban Dictionary.

“Nate voiced a personal opinion about an incident that took place involving Bryan Caraway in which he chased Dana all over Twitter to try to get a bonus, which was taken away from Pat Healy, got the bonus, and then had the nerve to go back out there and bash the guy and talk s–t about weed-smoking and how much he hates it and how it’s wrong, which was, at best, a s–t move on his side,” Kogan said.

“Guess what? The word f—-t, at least in Northern California, and where Nate is from, means bitch. It means you’re a little punk. It has nothing to do with homosexuals at all. So when Nate made the comment that he made, he didn’t make it in reference to homosexuals or calling Caraway a homosexual. He just said it was a bitch move.”

White has defended fighters such as Ronda Rousey for voicing controversial opinions, but has also blasted fighters for not exercising common sense in using social media. In 2011, the UFC released bantamweight Miguel Torres for tweeting a joke making light of rape, though it later reinstated the fighter after he apologized.

Discussing Mitrione’s suspension, White stressed that fighters were free to voice their opinion, but were subject to the consequences of their choice of words.

“How people take it is beyond my control,” said Kogan when asked whether fighters such as Diaz are held to a higher standard in their use of social media. “But that’s what his intent was. And it was a bitch move, for the record. Pat Healy? It’s not like Pat Healy is Georges St-Pierre and he could afford it. That was probably the most money he’s ever made in his life. And because of something he did, I’m pretty sure way before the fight. … It’s not like he walked out into the cage with f—ing weed in his mouth. He got fined. He doesn’t need somebody else dwelling over it.

“I’m sure some people got offended, and hopefully this article will explain what his intent was. But how people view it is how people view it. I can’t control that. His intent was not to make a derogatory term toward homosexuals. He used the word to refer to a punk or a bitch.”

(Pictured: Nate Diaz)

Updated at 8:20 p.m. on May 16, 2013, to reflect the UFC’s decision to suspend Diaz while an internal investigation takes place.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

MMA community reacts to Nick Diaz's NSAC hearing, five-year suspension

  • 28 days ago

Nick Diaz received a five-year suspended and $165,000 fine for failed drug tests around his UFC 183 bout with Anderson Silva. The outrage to Diaz’s punishment was united throughout the MMA community. read news >>

Nick Diaz vs. the Nevada Athletic Commission: Three lessons learned

  • 27 days ago

In the wake of UFC welterweight Nick Diaz's outrageous suspension and fine from the Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday, there are three major lessons to takeaway. read news >>

Olympic gold medalist Cejudo won't fight in Nevada following Nick Diaz suspension

  • 26 days ago

Henry Cejudo's manager sent a letter to MMAFighting, where he explained that the former Olympian will no longer fight in Nevada, following the news of Nick Diaz' 5 year suspension. #FreeNickDiaz is i read news >>

Former UFC manager facing prison time, hefty fine over false tax return

  • 5 days ago

Longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) manager and promoter Monte Cox, who at one point was attached to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stars Tim Sylvia and Matt Hughes, among others, is facing three read news >>

They said what!? (special edition): Fighters react to Nick Diaz suspension

  • 28 days ago

If twitter is anything to go by, fighters are not all that happy with the NAC's decision to suspend Nick Diaz for 5 years following his 3rd failed drug test for marijuana metabolites. As it turns out read news >>

Nick Diaz's team plans further legal action after 'kangaroo court' suspension

  • 28 days ago

LAS VEGAS – Nick Diaz’s attorney blasted a five-year suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and said legal action against the regulatory body is forthcoming.Filed under: Featu read news >>

Nick Diaz reacts to five-year suspension: NSAC was 'way the f-ck out of line'

  • 28 days ago

Nick Diaz may have repeatedly pleaded the Fifth Amendment today before the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but he had plenty to say to reporters after the proceedings came to an end.Filed under: Fe read news >>

Video - Nick Diaz responds to 5 year suspension: 'I'm the only fighter who never used steroids'

  • 28 days ago

UFC fighter Nick Diaz issued a video on Twitter responding to the Nevada Athletic Commission's decision to suspend him for five years for failing a drug test for marijuana after UFC 183. Former Strik read news >>

Nick Diaz Escapes Lifetime Ban, Handed Five-Year Suspension Over Positive Pot Result

  • 28 days ago

Narrowly escaping a lifetime ban, we still may have seen the last of Nick Diaz in the Octagon, after he was handed a five-year suspension for a positive drug test. read news >>

NSAC suspends Nick Diaz five years, $165k fine

  • 28 days ago

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today handed down its harshest punishment on a fighter to date, suspending Nick Diaz for five years following his positive UFC 183 marijuana test.Filed under: Fea read news >>