A Twitter diary of Nate Diaz’s potential withdraw from UFC 244

Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal
Aug 16, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; UFC presenter Joe Rogan interviews Nate Diaz during weigh ins for UFC 241 at Anaheim Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC’s biggest fight of the year might not happen. On Thursday, Nate Diaz took to social media to declare that he was out of his upcoming fight against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244.

Diaz indicated that he will not make the trip to Madison Square Garden after being informed by USADA that he may have failed a drug test, possibly due to a tainted supplement. Diaz emphasized his desire to not be linked to a drug test failure.

In his social media post, Diaz also stated that he was urged by officials to keep quiet about the matter.

ESPN has reported that  the fight is not cancelled, but UFC officials are exploring their options.

UFC 244 takes place on Nov 2.


Below is a running social media diary of the developments in the Diaz-USADA saga.

The day started off with Conor McGregor stepping into the headlines, and the UFC was still promoting he BMF bout.

Then Diaz dropped the afternoon bomb!

Masvidal quickly gave his response.

Just as the speculation of McGregor saving the day percolated, his coach sent out an ambiguous tweet.

Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman offered his services.

But Colby Covington and Ben Askren didn’t take him so seriously.

Jon Jones offered some empathy to Diaz.


 

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