DFW to Diaz: No you are not released from your contract

Friday, March 07, 2014

Late last month UFC lightweight Nate Diaz tweeted that he wanted out of his UFC contract.

“@danawhite I would like to request to be released from the @ufc,” tweeted Diaz. “Its time for me to be on my way ..”

The move came after teammate Gilbert Melendez cut an unprecedented deal with the UFC, and being wooed by rival Bellator. 

In any case, UFC president Dana White said flatly that it is not happening.

“He hasn’t called me,” said White said following the UFN 37 weigh-ins in London. “Is that how we do these things? You tweet? The answer would be no.”

“He just signed a new contract that he was happy with a month ago. That’s definitely not controversial for the Diaz brothers – that’s called normal. I’ve got 500 guys under contract, and there’s always something. Every day when I wake up, there’s something.”

Part of Melendez's new contract was appearing as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 20, and both Nate and brother Nick as slated to appear as guest coaches.

“I can’t wait. I can’t wait,” said White. “The crazy thing about this this is, I actually like the Diaz brothers. Are they nutty as hell? Yes they are. But I like both of them, and they’re fun to watch fight.”

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