UFC lightweight fighter Nate Diaz has been fined and suspended for violating the UFC's fighter code of conduct.

In responding to the news that fighter Bryan Caraway would receive half of fighter Pat Healy's $130,000 bonus money after Healy tested positive for marijuana, Nate expressed sympathy for Healy and hurled a gay slur at Caraway.

“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 Fag in the world,” Diaz messaged. The tweet has since been deleted.

“We are very disappointed by Nate Diaz's comments,” UFC officials said in a statement, “which are in no way reflective of our organization.”

Mike Kogan, Diaz's manager, defended the fighter, saying that the word “fag” in Northern California means “you're a little punk.”

“It has nothing to do with homosexuals at all,” Kogan told ABC affiliate WZZM.

“I'm sure some people got offended,” he continued. “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.”