Maybe Nate Diaz saw Gilbert Melendez’s new UFC contract and is attempting a negotiating strategy Stockton style, because the number five-ranked UFC lightweight just requested to be released from the UFC — via Twitter:

The 28-year-old Cesar Gracie black belt has been fighting inside the Octagon since June 2007 when he defeated Manny Gamburyan to win The Ultimate Fighter season 5. He is currently 12-7 in the UFC and is coming off a first round TKO win over Gray Maynard in November, earning “Knockout of the Night” honors. Prior to that Diaz had lost two straight, including a title fight loss to then champ Benson Henderson, and a TKO loss to Josh Thomson.

What do you think, is Diaz serious about wanting to leave, or is it all part of a Cesar Gracie master plan? And don’t they have managers for this type of thing? Oh the Diaz brothers, they never have been traditional, have they.


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