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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UFC Fight Night 35 Preview Show

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UFC Fight Night 35 takes place on Wednesday from the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. The main event will feature former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold facing Costa Philippou.

Steve talks MMAOddsBreaker.com Managing Editor Brian Hemminger as the guys breakdown Wednesday’s main card.

The guys also discuss the Dominick Cruz injury and whether he should retire from the sport. Steve and Brian also discuss Urijah Faber being inserted into the main event of UFC 169, the Nate Diaz/UFC situation and much more.

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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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Gray Maynard vs Nate Diaz Bumped Up To Headline TUF 18 Finale

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The UFC has announced that Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard is the new main event for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on November 30 replacing the Demetrious Johnson-Joseph Benavidez flyweight title fight.

The reason Johnson-Benavidez, which was originally scheduled for the TUF 18 was moved to the Fox show was due to UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had to bow out of his title fight with Josh Thomson due to a knee injury.

This will be the third time that Diaz and Maynard have squared off, but the second time officially as they fought each other when they were on the fifth season of TUF, with Diaz winning by submission. The two battled at UFC Fight Night 20 in January of 2010 with Maynard winning by split decision.

Diaz comes into the fight on a two fight losing streak, defeated by Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson. Maynard is 2-2-1 in his last five fights losing most recently to T.J. Grant by knockout at UFC 160 in May.

Usually main event fights are five rounds, but due to this fight being in 19 days, it will be a three round affair. The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale takes place on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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Anthony Pettis Suffers Knee Injury, Out Of UFC On Fox 9 Main Event

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Anthony Pettis will have to wait on making his first title defense as UFC lightweight champion. It was announced on “Fox Sports Live” on Fox Sports 1 that Pettis has suffered a knee injury and is out of his UFC on Fox 9 main event fight with Josh Thomson.

Pettis won the lightweight title against Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in August. The Wisconsin native was originally was supposed to face T.J. Grant at the event, but Grant is still suffering the effects of a concussion suffered in June. That was when the UFC replaced Grant with Thomson, who had an impressive return to the UFC when he defeated Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 7 in April.

UFC on FOX 9 will take place on Saturday December 14 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

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Demetrious Johnson vs Joseph Benavidez II At TUF 18 Finale

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson competed at UFC on Fox 8 and you would have though with having a baby as well that he would take the rest of the year off. It was announced on “UFC Tonight”, that Johnson will defend his flyweight championship against Joseph Benavidez in the main event at The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale.

Johnson and Benavidez battled last year at UFC 152 when Johnson won the inaugural flyweight championship by split decision. Since that time, Johnson defeated John Dodson at UFC on Fox 6 in January and beat John Moraga at UFC on Fox 8 in July.

Benavidez since then has defeated Ian McCall, Darren Uyenoyama and Jussier Formaga. The California native stated after his win over Formiga that he wasn’t calling for a title shot, but he will be getting this shit at Johnson.

The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale will take place on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card will also feature Nate Diaz battling Grey Maynard and the men’s and women’s finale of The Ultimate Fighter 18.

Here is the updated card for The Ultimate Fighter 18 finale:

- Demetrious Johnson (C) vs. Joseph Benavidez – for flyweight title
- TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18″ men’s tournament final
- TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 18″ women’s tournament final
- Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard

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Anthony Pettis vs Josh Thomson Headlines UFC On Fox 9

Anthony Pettis became the UFC lightweight champion a little over two weeks ago at UFC 164 when he defeated Benson Henderson. Pettis has a date and an opponent for his first title defense.

Pettis will be squaring off with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 9 on Saturday, December 14.

Thomson last fought in April at UFC on Fox 7 when he became the first to ever stop Nick Diaz when stopped Diaz in the second round. The Calfornia native got the shot at Pettis when T.J. Grant announced on Twitter last night that he was still experiencing the effects of a concussion he suffered in June.

UFC on Fox 9 will take place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. Here is the updated card for UFC on Fox 9.

- Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson – for UFC lightweight title
- Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
- Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes