Following a tweet from Nate Diaz that included a gay slur Thursday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that it is suspending the 28 year-old veteran and is investigating the incident.
Diaz directed a derogatory term at Bryan Caraway, who has been awarded the “Submission of the Night” bonus for UFC 159, as a result of the initial winner Pat Healy testing positive for marijuana. The lightweight’s win over Jim Miller has also been declared a no-contest.
The UFC released the following statement late Thursday:
“We are very disappointed by Nate Diaz’s comments, which are in no way reflective of our organization. Nate is currently suspended pending internal investigation and we will provide further comment once the matter has been decided.”
The promotion’s president Dana White has also relayed that Diaz could also be fined and or cut as a result of the tweet, which violates the UFC’s code of conduct. The fighter’s manager Mike Roberts has defended Diaz and says he was not referring to Caraway’s sexuality.
Diaz is coming off a TKO loss to Josh Thomson in April, after losing by unanimous decision to lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 5 in December.