The Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal main event fight scheduled for November 2 at UFC 244 is back on, per UFC President Dana White. Diaz took to Twitter on Thursday to announce adverse findings in a recent drug test, and declared himself out of the event. Diaz insisted he was innocent of any wrongdoing from the beginning, and he received tons of support from other fighters, including Masvidal.
Thankfully for Diaz and fans who were looking forward to the “BMF” title fight, it appears the popular welterweight has had his name cleared and should be competing on Saturday.
Here is a look at White’s tweet and the long statement issued by the UFC explaining Diaz’s name being cleared.
Apparently, the failed drug test was due to a tainted batch of organic vegan multivitamins. This is consistent with Diaz’s claims that he is clean and only uses vitamins from Whole Foods.
The co-main event will feature Darren Till taking on Kelvin Gastelum in the former’s middleweight debut. Diaz hadn’t commented as of the time of this post, but it seems somewhat safe to assume that the lengths the UFC has gone to clear his name will be enough to have him show up to compete in the event. Diaz has always made it a point to maintain his stance against performance enhancing drugs, thus having his name cleared was huge for him.
The UFC 244 card has some depth as it pertains to interesting fights, but it was without another scheduled bout worthy of main-event status if Diaz-Masvidal had been removed. Barring another issue, it appears the UFC has avoided a potential disaster ruining one of the key fourth-quarter cards.