Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz have always had an interesting relationship with the UFC. When it comes to fighting, they are a sight to behold. They put on exciting bouts and are prone to finishing their opponents off with flashy moves. However, there’s another side to the coin. They are not very good with public relations and usually say some controversial things via Twitter.
This happened with Nate this past week, as he tweeted to the UFC, saying he wanted to be released from his contract. Earlier in the month, his training partner, Gilbert Melendez, had some contract disputes of his own. All was worked out with his contract, however, leaving Nate wanting more with his current contract. It appears he is not happy with the money he is making, nor with his inability to get a title shot against Anthony Pettis.
The UFC has yet to respond to Nate’s requests, but it doesn’t look good for him at this point. Nate, one of the best grapplers and boxers in the division, always puts on exciting fights, but he’s always doing something controversial. And he doesn’t seem to have the skills to be a champion, at least in the UFC. Now that his friend and training partner, Melendez, is scheduled to fight Pettis for the belt, he may never get another title shot in the UFC.
So, where does Nate go from here? A viable option for him would be either Bellator or World Series Of Fighting. Both promotions would pay him good money, and Nate would immediately be in the running to challenge for the belt. However, both of these promotions are not going to pay as well as the UFC, and certainly won’t help him build his brand like the UFC would.
If there’s one thing to take away from Nate’s Twitter request, it’s be careful what you wish for.