Former UFC title contender Nate Diaz has requested his release from the promotion, according to a post made on his Twitter account.
“UFC, Dana White I would like to request to be released from the UFC,” Diaz wrote just on Wednesday. “Its time for me to be on my way .. ?”
Gilbert Melendez, a training partner with Diaz under Cesar Gracie’s watchful eye in California, recently resigned with the UFC after agreeing to a deal with Bellator MMA. The UFC held matching rights and invoked them, giving Melendez a future title shot and a spot on The Ultimate Fighter 20 as a coach.
Diaz has been out of action since a November victory over Gray Maynard, as he finished “The Bully” in just over two minutes. Prior to that, Diaz (17-9) dropped two straight fights to Josh Thomson and Benson Henderson – the latter of which was for the UFC lightweight title.
A winner of The Ultimate Fighter, Diaz has been with the UFC since 2007. He won his first five Octagon bouts before a 2009 loss to Clay Guida via split decision.
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) February 26, 2014