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Nick Diaz leaves UFC for EliteXC

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UFC welterweight smack-talk king Nick Diaz (14-6) has signed a nonexclusive contract with Elite Extreme, according to

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Diaz' manager, Cesar Gracie, confirmed the signing saying, "We hope to have Nick on Showtime in May." Falling in line with what Shaw has said in several interviews, Gracie also confirmed, "He will be able to fight in other organizations."

Most recently, Diaz was supposed to fight "The Wildman" Thomas Denny (21-14) for the Gracie Championship welterweight title on January 20 in Miami. That fight was postponed, however, because of poor ticket sales

The brash fighter out of Stockton, California, has been a staple in the UFC 170-pound division for the last three years. He's fought some of the best in his class with mixed results.

A three-fight losing streak to Diego Sanchez (17-0), Joe Riggs (25-9) and Sean Sherk (31-2-1) was the worst slump of his young career. And if you talk to Diaz, he should have won all of those fights.

After his loss to Riggs at UFC 57, Diaz was so fired up that the decision didn't go his way that he dropped Riggs in the hospital after the fight.

He recently went nuts on radio, talking about his disdain for the newest crop of fighters who don't belong in the sport, among other things.

Diaz is a loose cannon that some people feel doesn't show respect in a sport that demands it. There are others who argue that he is simply super competitive and loves to fight.

Regardless, he's only 23 and has years of fighting ahead of him.

It's only a matter of time before he makes it back to the Octagon.

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