I never thought I'd see the day when I couldn't shame myself by attaching "gate" to the latest scandal, but since faggate sounds too much like ... well, you get the point.
Anyway, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender, Nate Diaz, was suspended by the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion for calling Bryan Caraway a "fag" after the outspoken bantamweight scooped up the bonus money Pat Healy lost by pissing hot in the wake of UFC 159 last month in New Jersey.
Some fight fans felt Healy's punishment, namely coughing up six-figures in "fight night" bonuses, didn't fit the crime. Those same fans are also bemoaning the suspension of Diaz. Joining them is the Stockton slugger's new manager, Mike Kogan, who tells MMA Junkie this wasn't about homosexuality, it was about a "shit move" from a "little bitch."
"Guess what? The word f----t, at least in Northern California, and where Nate is from, means bitch. It means you're a little punk. It has nothing to do with homosexuals at all. So when Nate made the comment that he made, he didn't make it in reference to homosexuals or calling Caraway a homosexual. He just said it was a bitch move. I'm sure some people got offended, and hopefully this article will explain what his intent was. But how people view it is how people view it. I can't control that. His intent was not to make a derogatory term toward homosexuals. He used the word to refer to a punk or a bitch."
And you know the old saying, bitches ain't shit but hoes and tricks.
The consequences may be more dire than just a suspension. UFC President Dana White has indicated that Diaz could face a hefty fine at best and at worst, be cut from the promotion altogether. It doesn't help that Diaz lost some of his bargaining power through back-to-back losses to Ben Henderson and Josh Thomson.
He would be a hot commodity on the open market, no question, but to steal a line from Hertz, I think we would all agree that there's UFC, and there's "not exactly."