MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Nate Diaz Suspended For Homophobic Comment

Nate Diaz The UFC today suspended lightweight contender Nate Diaz indefinitely for tweeting out a homophobic remark about UFC bantamweight Bryan Caraway. Here’s the comment in question that Diaz wrote on Twitter today: “I feel bad for pat Healy that they took a innocent mans money and I think the guy who took the money is the biggest F-g in the world.” And here was the UFC’s response in a statement the promotion made to “We are very disappointed by Nate Diaz’s comments, which are in no way reflective of our organization. Nate is currently suspended pending internal investigation and we will provide further comment once the matter has been decided.” I’m not sure what to say to this. Obviously, Diaz was in the wrong and absolutely shouldn’t have have wrote what he said, but I’m curious about the UFC’s punishment. First off, how long will his suspension be? Matt Mitrione recently said some nasty comments directed towards transgendered fighter Fallon Fox and was fined and suspended by the UFC, but the suspension was only two weeks and the fine was never disclosed. It would be nice if the UFC opened up like the other professional sports leagues and stated exactly how much money their fighters are fined, as other pro sports leagues like the NFL and MLB actually state exactly how much money the fighters get docked and exactly how long suspensions are. But either way it’s a good first step by the UFC to suspend Diaz because what he said about Caraway was terrible. Look for Diaz to be suspended for a few months and fight a contender when he returns to the ring. But I would highly doubt the UFC decides to cut him after they do their internal investigation, because Diaz is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC and they would be silly to let him go because he said something stupid. But a fine and a suspension is definitely fair. WSOF Books Middleweight Tournament World Series of Fighting today announced a four-man middleweight tournament that will determine who will become the first-ever WSOF middleweight champion when the two finalists meet in the December. The four fighters in the tournament are: Elvis Mutapcic, Jesse Taylor, David Branch, and Danillo Villefort. The matchups have yet to be decided, but one semifinal bout will take place in August and the other in September. This is a pretty awesome idea by WSOF because tournaments are becoming a rarity more and more these days in MMA even though the fans absolutely love him. It would have been even cooler if WSOF had booked a four-man, one-night tournament but MMA fighters aren’t allowed to compete for more than 25 minutes a night so it’s difficult to book these one-night tournaments. I’m excited about this tournament and I would have to say that Elvis Mutapcic, who recently gave up the MFC middleweight title to sign with WSOF, will be the favorite but it really depends on how WSOF matches the fighters up.

Written by Adam Martin.

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