There was some drama leading into the event when Diaz announced that he was off the card due to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Ultimately, an announcement was made by the UFC that Diaz was cleared and would be able to compete at the event.
The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), which will oversee the UFC 244 card, has announced that Diaz has been cleared to compete on the card.
A statement from the NYSAC was issued to MMA Fighting:
”Based on the full lab and medical analyses provided by USADA and reviewed by the commission, Nate Diaz is not disqualified from participating in the upcoming UFC 244 event. As with all fighters proposed for the UFC 244 event, the New York State Athletic Commission licensing process continues through the weigh-in and pre-fight physical.”
UFC 244 takes place on Saturday, November 2 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.