So, it looks like a BMF will be crowned after all.
Nate Diaz has been cleared of any wrongdoing meaning the UFC 244 main event will proceed ahead as planned.
When Diaz released the statement, it was unclear whether or not he would be fighting. Diaz claimed he would not be fighting unless the situation was resolved but USADA had not officially suspended Diaz for the test result.
The UFC have now released a statement via their website with more details on the issue and confirmed that the bout will proceed as planned.
“On October 24, 2019, Nate Diaz released a public statement regarding a recent out-of-competition test conducted by USADA. UFC has been notified by USADA that the out-of-competition test concluded that LGD-4033 was present in Mr. Diaz’s sample at an amount below the decision concentration level for this substance. USADA is reviewing the out-of-competition test as an atypical 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.
Mr. Diaz has not committed an anti-doping policy violation, has not been provisionally suspended and is not subject to any sanctions. 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.”
Therefore, it has been confirmed that an organic multivitamin Diaz was taking was contaminated with the smallest amounts of a SARM. The official USADA website has more information on LGD-4033.
“LGD-4033 is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM). While it is currently being investigated as a pharmaceutical treatment for muscle wasting and weakness associated with aging, LGD-4033 has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for clinical use in humans.”
Although LGD-4033 was found in Diaz’s system, the amount found was 10,000 times lower than one does which means there would be no performance enhancing benefits from the trace amount found.
MMA Fighting have also reached out to USADA representatives who provided the following statement:
“Following Mr. Diaz’s public comments on Thursday we can confirm that he has not been sanctioned or provisionally suspended by USADA.
As the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Program, USADA always provides every athlete the presumption of innocence. If the athlete publicly speaks of a potential violation first, then USADA may choose to comment.”
Finally, Dana White has also tweeted to confirm that the main event will be going ahead.