nate-diaz-21-featured.jpg

Nate Diaz is at it again on Twitter.

After blasting the headliners of UFC on FOX 9, attacking lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, and suggesting that no one wants to interview him, the UFC veteran today requested to be released from his contract.

And, of course, he did it in a way that is bound to stir up controversy and confusion. Citing the Twitter accounts of both the UFC and its president, Dana White, he wrote, “I would like to request to be released from the @ufc Its time for me to be on my way,” adding a cryptic ” .. ?” to the end of his message.

Diaz (17-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC) has been inactive since pounding out two-time lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard in a rubber match at this past November’s TUF 18 Finale. But that hasn’t kept him from speaking up on social media, where he’s issued sporadic and pointed tweets dedicated to various targets.

Some would say the messages served their purpose. After one particular rant aimed at Benson Henderson, Josh Thomson and Pettis, he seemed to cement interest from the lightweight champ’s camp in setting up a fight, regardless of his position in the 155-pound division.

Diaz’s manager, Mike Kogan, threw more gasoline on the fire by suggesting that Diaz was holding out for a title shot when he turned down a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 170 in favor of a better contract.

Today, Kogan’s response to MMAjunkie’s request for comment on Diaz’s release tweet was slightly more explicit: “F–k you, I have no comment,” he said.

White has shot down the idea the Diaz is a contender, but said he likes the fighter’s attitude about wanting to take tough challenges. He may be less enamored with the 28-year-old’s current approach.

Requests to the UFC for comment went unreturned.

Diaz, who’s the younger brother of retired onetime welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz, has fought 19 times in the octagon, once earning a lightweight title shot after three consecutive wins over tough opponents. He was dominated by now-former champ Henderson, and a subsequent knockout loss to Thomson damaged his title prospects. The win over Maynard rescued his standing, but his position became less clear with his rejection of Nurmagomedov.

With his latest message, Diaz might be putting himself on the ropes, or perhaps attempting to follow in the footsteps of longtime teammate Gilbert Melendez, who fielded a lucrative offer from Bellator as a restricted free agent and subsequently inked a sweetheart deal when the UFC matched the bid.

But it’s anyone’s guess as to what’s really going on with Diaz.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

UFC issues press release in support of recent video piracy arrest

  • 8 days ago
  • 42 views

While some MMA fans may not be too pleased about news of the arrest of prolific media pirate (believed to be "Sir Paul") this week, the UFC is definitely beaming. The UFC's long running battle agains read news >>

Johny Hendricks off the Dolce diet for UFC 185

  • 29 days ago
  • 74 views

Despite recent weight cutting troubles, the former welterweight champion will not be working with the UFC's diet guru for his upcoming fight against "The Immortal" Matt Brown. Proper diet, nutrition, read news >>

Former UFC champion Brock Lesnar's contract discussions with WWE come to a standstill

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Could the former UFC heavyweight champion be waiting to test free agency? While Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass would absolutely love to see former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar re read news >>

Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer added to stacked UFC 187 lineup

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

A welterweight bout between veteran Mike Pyle and Sean Spencer is the latest addition to May’s stacked UFC 187 lineup.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Are UFC pay-per-view events cursed? Recent history hasn't been kind

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

Fans will be watching tonight’s UFC 184 card while remembering what might have been. After all, over the past 14 months, UFC pay-per-view cards have seen no shortage of weirdness and bad breaks.Filed read news >>

UFC Quick Quote: Dana White expects a call from Brock Lesnar when his WWE contract expires

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

Could the former UFC heavyweight champion be making a comeback? "Apparently Brock Lesnar is a UFC fan and he was in town and wanted to come see the fight tonight. He's under contract with the WWE, an read news >>

Brian Bowles among eight fighters released from the UFC

  • 24 days ago
  • 189 views

Former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles highlights the list of recent UFC cuts. Sources close to the situation told MMAFighting.com that the UFC has released Bowles, Stanislav Nedkov, Andy Ogle read news >>

The MMA Hour - 271 - Marion Reneau

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

Marion Reneau discusses her recent UFC run and what's next. read news >>

Rankings: Tony Ferguson and Holly Holm Big Winners This Week

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

Tony Ferguson, Holly Holm and Jake Ellenberger make big moves in this week's release of the official UFC rankings. read news >>