Everyone can exhale. Next weekend’s UFC 244 main event is on.
After two days of drama, the UFC released a statement early Saturday morning saying that the fight will happen.
“Mr. Diaz has not committed an anti-doping policy violation,” the statement said. “Additionally, UFC has been informed by independent experts who have determined that there is unequivocally no appreciable performance enhancing or therapeutic benefit from the significantly limited amount of LGD-4033 that may be present in his system, which is roughly 10,000 times lower than one LGD-4033 therapeutic dose.”
On Thursday Diaz went to Twitter to say that he had no idea how he tested positive due to his vegan diet. According to the UFC’s statement, it was a plant-based supplement that lead to the adverse finding.
“Further laboratory testing conducted by the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory (SMRTL), a WADA-accredited lab in Salt Lake City, Utah, has confirmed that two bottles of the same organic, vegan, plant-based daily multivitamin that Mr. Diaz was using were each contaminated with LGD-4033, which the evidence supports resulted in Mr. Diaz’s positive sample.”
Diaz, of Stockton, California, said he wouldn’t fly to New York for his fight until the issue was resolved. In less than 48 hours after Diaz’s twitter post; the problem has been laid to rest.
Diaz (20-11) will fight Jorge Masvidal (34-13) for the baddest m—–f—– title, or the BMF title. The event will take place Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.