Originally written 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. Diaz owns a 16-8 professional record and is coming off a lopsided decision loss to reigning lightweight king Benson Henderson. Mr. 209 returns to action in 10 days to face Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7. Just in case you were wondering, Nate’s big brother, Nick Diaz, has not yet parted ways with Gracie. According to Helwani, a change in management isn’t necessary at this juncture because he’s “retired.” However, if Kogan can score Nick a rematch against UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre or middleweight champion Anderson Silva, maybe.
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