Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 4/10/13
On this week’s edition of FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight,” reporter Ariel Helwani revealed former UFC lightweight top contender Nate Diaz (pictured) will no longer be managed by Cesar Gracie, the only MMA manger he has ever known. It appears the split was amicable, because Gracie will continue to spearhead the 27-year-old’s training. Mike Kogan, who also represents Roy Nelson, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal among many other mixed martial artists, will now handle the business side of the fight game for Diaz. “Cesar Gracie is no longer managing Nate Diaz,” Helwani expressed. “For the first time in his MMA career, Diaz has a new manager and that is Mike Kogan. I talked to Mike and Cesar about this, and both would not confirm nor deny the story. “Cesar Gracie is still training Nate, but he’s just no longer managing him.” Helwani did not mention why Diaz felt he needed to make a managerial change at this stage in his career. Kogan, just make sure to remind Nate he needs to pay his taxes every year. Dia
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