Nate Diaz has been cleared of any wrongdoing by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in connection with a recent failed drug test for trace amounts of a SARM, according to UFC president Dana White (via MMAJunkie).
Per the report, Diaz was cleared by USADA after “an organic, vegan, plant-based multivitamin he used was found to be contaminated with LGD-4033.”
As a result of USADA’s exoneration, Diaz now has a clear path to compete as scheduled at UFC 244 next month in New York City, as he takes on Jorge Masvidal for the “BMF” belt.
Diaz, 34, shocked the MMA masses earlier this week when he revealed that USADA informed him of a failed drug test for trace amounts of a banned substance. Diaz professed his innocence in a Twitter post only to withdraw himself from UFC 244’s headlining act. It left one of the biggest UFC cards of the year in limbo.
Luckily, Diaz’s cry to have his name cleared actually made a difference in expediting the process. With UFC 244 right around the corner and no backup plan in place, the whole “BMF” thing would have fizzled out on a cold November night in New York City. Now that Diaz is back in the fold fight fans can still witness one of the best Octagon battles of the year.
We’ll find out one way or another if this whole USADA thing weighs on Diaz when he enters the Octagon next weekend across from the one they call “Gamebred.”