Nate Diaz Tells Dana White And The UFC That He Wants To Be Released From His Contract

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Former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz has requested to be released from his UFC contract. Diaz took to Twitter a couple hours ago to make his statement.

Diaz last fought in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale in November defeating Gray Maynard by first round TKO. The California native is 1-2 in his last three fights, which includes the title loss to former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 5 in December of 2012.

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Watch The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale Weigh-Ins Live On BetweenTheRopes.com At 7 PM ET

The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale takes place tomorrow night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event will feature the trilogy fight between lightweights Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz. The TUF finale fights with Julianna Pena vs Jessica Rakoczy in the women’s final and the men’s final will feature Davey Grant vs Chris Holdsworth.

To make the fights official, the weigh-ins will take place today at the same place the fights will be starting at 7 p.m. ET, which you can watch on BetweenTheRopes.com on the video stream above.

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Nate Diaz Batters Donald Cerrone At UFC 141 (Video)

On Saturday night, Nate Diaz will headline The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale against Gray Maynard in lightweight action. This week, the UFC has been releasing videos featuring Diaz and Maynard.

Heading into UFC 141 in December of 2011, Diaz had won his first fight in his return to lightweight when he defeated Takanori Gomi at UFC 135 winning by first round submission. His opponent at UFC 141 Donald Cerrone was on the verge of a title shot heading into the fight having won his four fights in the UFC.

Watch the fight as Diaz landed a record number of punches in a dominating unanimous decision victory over Cerrone.

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Gray Maynard vs Nate Diaz TUF 18 Finale Video Preview

The UFC returns this week as The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale event takes place at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. The main event will feature former two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard battling former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz for a third time.

The two battled first in a semifinal bout during the fifth season of TUF in 2007 with Diaz winning by submission. They met again at UFC Fight Night 20 in January of 2010 with Maynard winning by split decision.

Watch the video preview above explaining what led to Diaz and Maynard battling for a third time.

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