Though I hate to contribute to the Nick Diaz craze, there is a good chance that the former Strikeforce welterweight champion will be brought out of retirement by the surging Matt Brown.
Following a loss to Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title last year, Diaz announced post-fight, for a second time, that he would be retiring from fighting.
During that time, Diaz has managed to stay visible in the public eye, taking verbal jabs at promoters and fellow fighters, all the while lobbying for another shot at the title in his return bout. This loss to retirement to title-shot scenario, which Diaz has already successfully conjured once following his controversial loss to Carlos Condit for the UFC interim welterweight title in 2012, would totally undermine the ranking system, and rob more highly-ranked and consistently active fighters from a shot.
Thankfully, the UFC brass seems to agree as their patience has waned and their attention has moved on, making way for the next title challenger to materialize from the bout between the No. 2 ranked welterweight Rory Macdonald (16-2) and No. 4 Tyrone Woodley (13-2) at UFC 174 this June.
With this being said, the recent success of Brown has left the door open for Diaz to make a return, and for Brown, who is coming off of a stellar performance this past Saturday against Erick Silva, to make a definitive statement for a shot at UFC gold.
After trading wins and losses for the early part of his UFC career, Matt “The Immortal” Brown has caught fire over his last seven fights, winning all seven contests and the last five by way of T(KO). Brown‘s relentless attack and unwavering toughness, much like Diaz’s, has endeared him to fans and made him a nightmare to deal with for the majority of the 170-pound division.
The former title challenger, Nick Diaz, and the streaking Brown have never shied away from a brawl and this fight has all the makings of just that, with a title shot looming large for the victor. Since it appears UFC will not be granting Diaz an immediate title shot following a loss, a scrap with someone whose stock is rising as fast as Brown’s would be the formula to bring the favorite out of retirement. Not to mention, the pay day that could result from this kind of war would be nothing to complain about.