I don't know what Nate is thinking when he tweets out that he wants to be released from the UFC, but it's definitely entertaining! HOWEVER, here are the reasons why I have a hard time understanding Nate's intentions in tweeting this request
1. THE UFC AIN'T BUDGIN'
This move will not get him more money from the UFC. They have a contract with Nate, why would they change the agreement before it is up? Besides, if Nate does not intend to retire, he should take ownership of his actions and honor his UFC contract. That would fair better for him in terms of being a free agent, if he gets released, he would not have the UFC to match any offer Bellator has, so he would have no leverage in the sense that Gilbert Melendez had in his negotiation.
2. BELLATOR WON'T MAKE HIM A MILLIONAIRE
If Nate is doing this for any other reason that to get us talking about him, he is NUTS! Let's say he gets released and goes to Bellator, he'll have 2 fights with Alvarez and Chandler they can setup by somehow avoiding their tournament system as they have wilfully done in the past. Then, two of the following things would happen: he either wins the title and ends up fighting low level guys twice a year in an organization that doesn't foster much fan interest, OR he doesn't win the title and loses even more credibility as a top fighter. It's OK to brawl and put on exciting performances...win some...lose some if you're in the UFC. but in Bellator, if you lose, you're out of the tournament. When do you fight next?How much is Bellator going to want to pay you then? Bellator=Inactivity (unless you are the guy that makes it through the tournament, gets a title shot, and loses it just to get back into the tournament system [Patricio Pitbull style]). For a fighter who likes to get paid, first, you need an opportunity to fight. Whether he finds success or not in Bellator, I do not see either helping his career monetarily or in popularity much in the long term because they both result in inactivity.
He's gotta be doing this for attention... right?