UFC Executives Details Nate Diaz’s USADA Situation
This past Thursday, Nate Diaz shocked the MMA world and UFC after professing on social media that USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) informed him of a failed drug test for traces of SARM’s. Nate, who has been a voice against steroids in MMA, immediately began campaigning of his innocence and asked UFC head honcho Dana White to clear his name.
Well, in the wee hours of Saturday, Dana White posted on Twitter that Nate Diaz is cleared of all the wrongdoings as USADA exonerated Stockton Slugger, and he’ll as usual fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 for the “BMF” belt in MSG.
It’s been harrowing past few days for MMA masses as they were eagerly waiting to see this highly anticipated fight of the year. Now UFC’s chief officer Hunter Campbell also explains this week a ‘nightmare scenario.’ as what could go wrong to the USADA system.
“I’m going to get a call that Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, these guys that I know because I know them in and out would never in a million years do this,” Campbell said Friday night (h/t MMAJunkie). “They are going to find themselves (in this situation), they’re going to be branded a cheater and it will not only impact their career, but their legacy. That is the single worst thing in my opinion that you could do to somebody, and particularly as a fighter in this profession.”
Diaz took vegan supplements, which caused a failed drug test as these pills contained a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM). As per UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance, Jeff Novtizky that Nate Diaz didn’t do anything wrong.
“This isn’t guesswork,” Novitzky said. “There’s nothing guesswork about the Nate Diaz case. It is as rock solid evidence as I’ve ever seen in the history of my anti-doping career when it comes to a contaminant. To say he did anything wrong, you’d have to say, ‘You did something wrong by choosing a plant-based, vegan, organic multivitamin that said on the label they were lab tested.’ Somebody can say he did something wrong on that? It’s a shame if they would. The guy did nothing wrong.”
All this mess just before a fight week was alarming; however, promotion and USADA worked together to cleared the name of one of the top fighters in the sports. Diaz wasn’t quite in this matter and finally won this case.
“What was important to Nate, immediately, before anything he put out there or anything he commented, as it was conveyed to us, was that he be cleared,” Campbell said. “That was the single most important thing for Nate. And I think what was telling in the statement that he put out, animated as it was, as he usually is, it highlights exactly, what I think the evolution of the anti-doping world is starting to show, Nate’s comment was ‘I don’t cheat, I only take plant-based vegan,’ … what he basically had contaminated was exactly what he believed it was. A plant-based, vegan, organic multivitamin. Period. End of discussion.”
“Your legacy is what you do this for at the end of the day,” Campbell added. “The money is great and everything else is great, but you do this for your legacy and I don’t want us to ever be a part of anything that negatively affects someone’s legacy who did something unintentionally who did nothing wrong. Nate did nothing wrong. Nate is not a cheater. It’s literally that simple.”
After USADA’s exoneration Diaz, 34, will now fight the ‘Gamebred’ Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 for BMF title in MSG. ‘Stockton Slugger’ last scored a decision win over former UFC champion Anthony Pettis.