UFC suspends and fines Nate Diaz $20,000 for homophobic slur
Ultimate Fighting Championship has suspended Nate Diaz for 90 days and have fined him $20,000 for a homophobic slur on his Twitter account. The UFC lightweight took to his Twitter account on Thursday to verbally attack bantamweight fighter Bryan Caraway. Diaz took exception to Caraway receiving a $60,000 bonus for submission of the night after the original recipient, Pat Healy, was docked $130,000 in bonus money for failing a post-fight drug test.
The UFC said in a statement that the money Diaz is being docked will be donated to charity. Diaz’s manager, Mike Kogan, defended Diaz’s homophobic slur, claiming the slur had a different meaning in Northern California, where Diaz is from.
“Nate voiced a personal opinion about an incident that took place involving Bryan Caraway in which he chased Dana all over Twitter to try to get a bonus, which was taken away from Pat Healy, got the bonus, and then had the nerve to go back out there and bash (Healy),” Kogan said.