The UFC Suspends and Fines Nate Diaz for Derogatory Tweet

May 17, 2013
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Nate-Diaz-003-UFC-125-460x270The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced on Friday that it has suspended and fined Nate Diaz for a derogatory tweet the lightweight fighter made on Thursday.

The UFC acted quickly and put Diaz on suspension and launched an investigation into the matter.

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

The incident arose when Diaz took to twitter and reacted to the news that Pat Healy’s $130,000 in bonuses for his UFC 159 submission win over Jim Miller had been rescinded after Healy tested positive to marijuana following the fight.

Healy had won Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses.  The $65,000 for Submission of the Night was transferred to Bryan Caraway.  Caraway had lobbied for the bonus and voiced his disapproval of marijuana use.  His actions and comments didn’t sit well with Diaz.

Diaz voiced his opinion via twitter on Thursday using a homosexual slur in reference to Caraway.

Diaz tweeted, “I feel bad for Pat Healy that they took an innocent man’s money away and I think the guy who took the money is the biggest (homosexual slur) in the world.”

In a release on Friday, the UFC detailed the disciplinary action taken against Diaz for violating the promotion’s code of conduct policy.  Diaz is suspended for 90 days and fined $20,000.

“UFC lightweight Nate Diaz has received an immediate 90-day suspension and $20,000 fine for violating the UFC’s fighter code of conduct,” read the UFC’s statement. “The language used in his tweet was regrettable, offensive and inconsistent with the values and culture of the organization, and is not tolerated.”

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  • Maddawgmar

    Wow, his medical suspension is longer than that.

    • Lawdog1521

      Exactly. This was a slap on the wrist. But for Diaz fans… RAGE! Hurumph! Hurumph! Dana bad! Nate just being Nate! He know no better! RAGE!

      • Elijah

        The point is Marijuana is going to be legal across the country within a a few years – it already is in some states. $130,000 is a s*** load of money that was taken because of a law that’s currently changing and does f*** all to enhance performance. We already know Nate’s a ****head, but he’s reacting to Dana being an even bigger ****head.

        • Lawdog1521

          I don’t give a **** if it was oregano. It’s against the rules. He broke the rules, he got punished. And the Diaz’s are a couple of thugs who also can’t follow any rules. So boo ****ing who when they get punished for being stupid.

  • Maddawgmar

    Next the fighters aren’t gonna be able to say B!tch, cuz it’s offensive to women, or Punk cuz it’s offensive metal heads. Maybe take out Mother F’er cuz it offends incest practitioners. Where does this sissy sh!t end?

    • p3ezy

      stoopid, stoopid boy

    • rampage

      ye ye

    • shakejunt

      if you wanna make the ufc equivalent to the mlb of mma, then professionalism comes into play. yeah it sucks because these guys are killing machines and can’t be expected to be standup individuals, but it’s a PR thing. can’t risk the brand because of someone’s mouth.

      • Maddawgmar

        There has to be a point in any business where an employee stops being just that an employee. When they are in their own lives they should have some freedoms to say what they please. Put a disclaimer or something in your business stating that comment or opinions of UFC fighters does not reflect the opinions of the UFC. “I may not agree with what you say, but I shall defend to my death your right to say it”

        • Sir_Roy

          When your personal opinions are voiced publicly, then they are open to public consequence. Now, when said comments are 100% work related, and having direct and negative impact on your place of employ, then your employer has a say in said behavior. You don’t think so, go on Facebook or Twitter and denounce your place of business, criticize it openly, call a coworker a F@g even, but don’t wonder if it doesn’t advance your career.

          Strange how that works.

    • Sir_Roy

      Calling someone either or is offensive actually … stop on the street and call the biggest bloke you see any of those and see where that gets you.

      Heck, walk into work one morning and call a coworker a MFer for all to see.

      See how long you keep your job. You have the right to say what you want, yes, long as you’re prepared for the consequences. It’s called life.

      • Coyote84

        Yes this is true! In the work place! But if you call a coworker a MFer after work not around the work place, it has nothing to do with your job or your work place and so long as it doesn’t carry on in the work place nobody usually gets in trouble for that because we all have rights to our opinion, freedom to voice it, and a right to a life outside of work!!! If it was a company twitter account i would understand, but on his personal twitter account he voiced his opinions as every man has a right to do, no matter what there profession is!!!

        • Sir_Roy

          He publicly announced it on Twitter man – and it was 100% work related. Had nothing to do with his personal life. In fact, it was none of his freaken business at all. He’s not a checkout clerk at Walmart. He’s in the public eye like it or not. As such, you are an ambassador of your sport and are held accountable for what you say when it’s work related.

          I go on Twitter and call my boss or even a coworker a F@g, I’m going to land myself in trouble. Doesn’t matter if it’s off the 9-5 paycheck. You think these guys just get paid by being affiliated with the UFC on fight night? They benefit from it financially year round. They need to act accordingly.

        • drew68

          call your boss a MF outside of your work place and see what happens. …some people lol…you guys crack me up…you think the same way as diaz

      • Maddawgmar

        I’m a US Marine. We call each other things way worse than that. I have yet to get a reprimand or NJP for calling someone any of those. I have been called way worse. People are just turning into a bunch of pu$$ies

        • drew68

          you don’t get it. calling someone stuff way worse…we get what you’re saying but you’re not understanding THIS PARTICULAR ORGANIZATION. try to think outside of your box. so they’re pu$$ies? you’re a funny guy that thinks small. sir_roy actually has good valid points. at the end of the day it’s called respect…i’m sure you know all about that. you being a marine should know all about being reprimanded.

          • Maddawgmar

            I understand, and his points are extremely valid. But when I grew up I was always told “sticks and stones.”

        • Prieto

          You are no Marine, a real Marines stands for a code: honor, courage and commitment. To go along with core values.

          • Maddawgmar

            You have no clue about what kinda Marine I am. What I’ve done and where I’ve been. So STFU you POG BOOT FÜCK

        • Sir_Roy

          You completely missed the point. Context is everything. If you’ve buds at the workplace, and an unspoken understanding, then yeah, call each other whatever you like. I can only assume you’re not actively trying to denigrate a fellow marine because you genuinely dislike him (or her) as Diaz did. If you are, then you are acting dishonorably in my opinion, and need to question your work ethic.

          I’m not military. But I can only imagine there being an enormous difference between an office environment where your weapon of choice is a keyboard, and military deployment where your weapon of choice is an M16 assault rifle.

  • JDM

    Im getting tired of hearing about the UFCs power trips. We are talking about cage fighters talking trash to one another. WHO CARES. As soon as another organization can get some elite fighters I will be one of the first to stop paying attention to the UFC. fighters need to say enough is enough and just tell the ufc to pound sand. If the quality guys start going to other organizations then I bet school principal dana white will stop being such buzzkill parent and handing out his lame code of conduct suspensions. I know he would say that any other company in the world wouldnt allow its employees to talk freely but get real dana. UFC employees smash each others faces for a living but if they say a naughty word then its hell to pay.

    • Rodgers

      MY spelling may be off but Bellator has some great fights. Hope they hold out and dont allow zuffa to buy them out….

  • Adam Bianski

    Cut guy’s who like to fight, because they talk trash. Resign Llyotta and reward him with a title shot for running cross country. This is getting to be a joke.

  • bullishtech

    Dana used to be a badass. Now he’s a line-towing politically correct d-bag that’s hurting good (if not great) fighters. Way to go, Dana.

    • Rodgers

      When you have a boss that uses the F word in every other word.. That shows a lot of class… American is the greatest country in the world but it is sad what we are becoming.. My son got in trouble for using the word Retard to one of his class mates.. HE was in the 3rd grade.. I know it is not political correct to use that word but really as we are all saying where do we draw the line

      • America is not a country

      • Milosc

        America is currently 13th in “quality-of-life index”

        Look that up, chief

        *( )

        • Yodamite

          Which one? The UN’s 2013 human development index has the US at #3

          • Milosc

            “The Economist Intelligence Unit’s quality-of-life index”

            You are mixing terms, btw

          • Yodamite

            No, I’m not. I’ve been following the UN’s list for several years, and know for a fact that when people refer to the UN’s “Quality of Life Index” they are referring to the HDI. Do an internet search for “UN Quality of Life Index” and see what comes up. The Canadians touted this for years when they were #1. The US is currently #3.

        • tito lastovoco

          LMAO. Quality of LIfe??? Go live in Australia and you will know what quality life is.

          • Milosc

            Yes, this was my point. Australia is ranked 6th

  • Advance*

    I can’t believe people are actually siding with Nate on this. What he did was honestly one of the dumbest things I’ve seen a pro athlete do in a long time. All he had to do was use another word and none of this would have happened. Not to mention it was a situation that had nothing to do with him. Kobe Bryant got fined $100k because the camera caught him mouthing the same word, yet you morons are going after the UFC. It’s not like Nate hasn’t seen other fighters get in trouble for similar things. He did this to himself.

    • Milosc

      ^^^ (paid blogger)

    • Darren

      Where was Kobe when he mouthed the word at work? or was he sitting home on his twitter account not working?

  • cm

    The funny thing is that… if Nate is referring to Caraway as being the [expletive], Caraway happens to have one of the hottest girlfriends in miesha tate

    • FightProfessor

      Meisha Tate is hot?

      • Ketchup123

        lol I am sure you are an expert on good looks….probably even dating a victoria secrets model or El Gvapo

      • JOE SHINE

        meisha looks terrible big nose and all

    • El Gvapo

      Are you being sarcastic? Tate hot?!? I’ve heard it all now.

      • Ketchup123

        lol I am sure you are an expert on good looks….probably even dating a victoria secrets model!

    • greez

      i beg to differ…she’s only hot because she fights. Compare her to Gina Carano and Miesha’s got nothing on her regarding looks.

    • Darren

      The funny thing is the idiots that think Tate is not hot because she isnt hotter than Carano??? Really ?

      • JOE SHINE

        tate’s a big nose skunk

        • Darren

          of course she isnt up to your standards joe


      meisha looks terrible big nose and all

  • Kbrld

    This is such bulls***. Who cares what they say makes for better fights. This is a fighting sport not a friendly sport … Who cares…. This is going to become like boxing and start sucking. I feel bad for bot Diaz boys…..

    • The_Commentator

      I feel bad for the teacher that tried to teach youenglish

      • Sir_Roy

        How bout you properly space your words, and capitalize the word English as it should be – then play grammar Nazi to someone else k?

      • The_Commentator

        You’re right.
        I guess you may have just missed the h in the word both. I apologize. I’m hoping so.
        If indeed you use the word bot instead of the word both, my criticism stands.
        Grammar nazi out!

  • who gives a s***


      Caroway is a turd

  • The people looking down on Nate Diaz should realize that they also use derogatory and offensive words because the world is too politically correct these days. Right now I’m watching Dana White curse in an interview with Michael Schiavello on AXS. There is a photograph in the background of a couple having sex. That doesn’t sound like Roger Goodell, David Stern, Bud Selig or Gary Bettman.

  • Luke

    That Caraway guy is a piece of sh*t though.


      Caroway is garbage

  • Mrtim30

    This morning doing the crossword in the paper one of the clues was “not smart 4 letters”. So I wrote diaz

    • El Gvapo

      I would have gone with fool. Or dumb perhaps? You probably ruined your crossword by putting Diaz.

  • F*** that Nate Dog, im a local guy, been supporting you from jump, love your NOn-filter, f*** it. do yo thang

    mayne lol

  • Timothy Malone

    Diaz saying it is one thing, but I find it ridiculous that news sites won’t even print the word in a quote! I’ve seen several that censored it in this example and others. How the heck are we supposed to know the story when the word isn’t even reported.

  • Bailey1290

    Agree or disagree with the decision- it is covered in the written code of conduct that Nate, and the other fighters in the UFC, agreed to follow. He knew the rules, he agreed to the rules and he broke the rules he agreed to follow.
    Make your own call on the ethics of his choice of words.

  • Who Cares these fighters are not Saints… Let’s be realistic here… What happened to freedom of speech…
    We pay to see good fight match-ups… With someone getting there dome rocked… Tap or snap and it’s a Rap…

  • gnodeb

    “As irrational as it gets” is a new UFC moto..

    Healy shouldn’t smoke that close to the fight

    UFC shouldn’t take his money. Wasted win was punishing enough.
    Caraway shouldn’t take money or at least should not act as spoiled kid about it.
    Diaz shouldn’t shot himself in the foot.
    I should not comment on this story.


    It would be really cool if Nate Diaz’s charity was Pat Healy


      Healy did no wrong.

  • Milosc

    This isn’t about Nate Diaz. The public is being trained


    what Nate said is correct and Caroway is a wimp and probably is a F A G

  • greez

    Put an H in UFC and make it stand for Ultimate Fighting Championship Hypocrisy.

  • Cereal Killer

    If posted on the internet that my co-worker was a fag, I would get fired. The fight game is a job! Diaz = No Class

  • tito lastovoco

    UFC and that gay-organization that they support are the biggest pedophiles in the world

  • Mike Stannard

    Oh no! He smoked pot! He should get an extra bonus and Diaz should just keep his mouth shut.

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    How sad that the UFC and Dana have knuckled under to political correctness.

  • Darren

    Hey ,,the Gay community is the strongest supporter of the UFC ,, and until heterosexual people prove different it will continue to trample your right to your own beliefs

  • ben

    Bat = flying mammal
    Bat = Piece of wood, metal or plastic used to hit a baseball.

    Fag = Outdated term for a homosexual.
    Fag = Term for a cigarette in the U.K.
    Fag = Slang for someone who displays weakness, aka a pussy, a bitch, etc.

    • Sir_Roy

      Guess you choose to omit the fact that the ‘slang’ definition of the term was born from a direct reference to homosexuality. Implying that to be homosexual made you ‘less than’, ‘weak’, a ‘pu$$y’, a ‘b!tch’ etc.

      The origin of a word cannot, or should not, so easily be overlooked.

  • wow….. just wow

  • Brodie Elkins

    I don’t think a company should have this much power. Kinda goes with the question if mary j is ever legalized companies will still set the standard, or will they serve premium bud a long with open bars for 10 year employee company functions

  • chilla

    Diaz might be an a**hole but he is 100% correct on this one


      yep hate nate but dio agree with him that Caroway is gay

  • ned sto

    I can see getting suspended. Of course, if he wasn’t slated to fight, what’s a 90 day suspension mean? he can’t train? It’s kind of ineffective. He may or may not miss out on 1 fight, except he has a contract, so he will eventually get that fight anyway.
    I do completely disagree with a monetary fine though. I don’t see how the UFC has a right to fine a guy 20k in between fights if they aren’t paying him in between fights.
    And it’s not a homophobic slur. It is a derogatory remark that is largely no longer associated with homosexuals. If I say “b’tch”, it doesn’t mean I am a sexist.

    I wonder though, If he had not used the word “fa*” but literally said ” homosexual ” would he still have been fined and suspended?


      nate was 100% correct

      • ned sto

        What does Nate being 100% correct, in your opinion, have to do with my post?

  • And here I thought that Diaz was an honorable Latin man. It turns out he talks like white trash. My most uneducated white buddies have more class than him. Anti-homosexual slurs are no longer tolerated in a civilized society, as much as anti-semitism and misoginy should be eradicated for good — cero tolerance for that. We evolve. Ban him for good and have more respect for the martial arts –a millenarian endeavor based upon respect and honour.

  • Carlo

    UFC is too PR anymore, stupid


    Nate was correct in calling the feminine Caroway Mr. Tate a f@g.


    Caroway is kind of feminine.

  • yea… the internet puts out these “””websites like “twittter” facebook” and what ever else.. and last i checked this country was built on whats that?? freedom o speech? fck that. if nate diaz wants to talk sh!!t let him its his own prerogative. dana sissy girl white needs to stfu and run his company… acting like media crazed B!!!tch will get him nowere. F dana white hes a sissy anyhow.. wait im allowed to say this kinda stuff cause im not legally bound by no american BS company. Nate grats bro ur the man

  • jfor

    he called his boss a f**… tell me where that won’t get you in s*** (even in the military)


    Nate Diaz is correct. healy is a moron but Caroway is feminine and a sissie.


    Is Dana White God?

  • Lloyd

    The UFC sure has been censoring a lot of free speech lately. F*** them

  • Tito

    Dana White is getting arrogant.