May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Nate Diaz before his lightweight bout against Jim Miller during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Nate Diaz wins by submission in round two Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Grappling with the Issues: Nate Diaz Asks for Release, What to do with DC



Nate Diaz Asks for His Release

Earlier today it appeared as though Nate Diaz asked for his UFC release, Twitter. You can see his tweet here. It’s tough to truly comment on anything the Diaz brothers do, because they’re so erratic in their behaviour and inconsistent when it comes to their love for the UFC. When it comes to Nate and his older brother Nick, when the UFC gives them exactly what they want, they’re rarely a problem. When that doesn’t happen, you often see this kind of behaviour. I’m sure a lot of Nate’s frustration has to do with the handling of his friend, Gilbert Melendez’s contract. Dana White left the negotiation table, and put his contract in the hands of Lorenzo Fertitta. While Melendez did reach a preliminary agreement with Bellator MMA, the UFC matched the offer, and gave him exactly what he wanted: a raise, a star making spot on The Ultimate Fighter, and a title shot against Anthony Pettis. The question remains, what is Diaz’s endgame? Is he looking for more money? A bigger fight? Does he want to go to Bellator and be a big fish in a small pond? Maybe the joke is on me for trying to analyse another random tweet from a Diaz brother.

Who’s Next for Daniel Cormier?

Daniel Cormier is an enigma in the fight game. Cormier admits that when he won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, he was afraid of getting in the cage with fighters the likes Fedor, Josh Barnett and Alistair Overeem. However, with success came a growing confidence. Now, the former heavyweight contender is about to take the light heavyweight division by storm, and every top contender need to be afraid. The UFC seems to be angling towards a rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. While both need to come out their next fights with wins, the bank-ability of a rematch between the two has too much money on the line to not happen. Where does that leave Cormier? Our own Jacob Cooper has him matched up with Ryan Bader, in part because everyone else seems to be locked into a match. If I was Cormier, I would keep myself in the best condition possible, because an injury to a Dan Henderson or Wanderlei Silva could see him immediately taking a spot against a top contender, and possibly positioning himself as the new number one contender.

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