It can be argued that the most violent and exciting fight that the UFC can possibly make for its talent-rich welterweight division is a matchup between Nick Diaz and Matt Brown. Both fighters have an unbreakable will and iron chins with the reputation for being involved in fan-friendly battles. It’s a fight that UFC President Dana White wants to make and a bout that Brown is keenly interested in, but the wild card as always is the unpredictable Diaz.
“The Immortal” expressed his interest in facing Diaz after running his current win-streak to seven with a third-round finish of Erick Silva in a tremendous battle at Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati. The No. 6 ranked Brown is on the cusp of a title opportunity and a victory over Diaz would be a great way for him to earn it. Unfortunately, Brown’s call-out got a response from the wrong Diaz brother. Lightweight contender Nate Diaz expressed an interest in facing Brown, but it’s a fight that White simply isn’t interested in.
The elder Diaz is a two-time former title challenger who hasn’t competed since UFC 158 when he dropped a lopsided unanimous decision to Georges St.Pierre in their welterweight title fight in Montreal. He’s been a frustrating contradiction for fans and the organization as at times he proclaims himself ready to return only to either turn down or price himself out of high-profile matchups.
Diaz had previously maintained he’d only be interested in a title shot upon his return, but that seems a longshot with two straight losses and having not fought since March of 2013. While he has plenty of star power, it’s also doubtful that the organization will cater to his financial demands of $500,000. That’s what Diaz asked for to face Hector Lombard. He’s also turned down a rematch against Carlos Condit during his current sabbatical. Diaz lost a close decision to “The Natural Born Killer” in their interim title bout at UFC 143.
The UFC should seriously consider doing everything in its power to make a Diaz-Brown fight happen. It would truly be one of the more anticipated fights of the year and would generate the type of buzz that the organization is in need of. Brown asked for the matchup believing that it would have the makings of being a legendary scrap, and he’s bang on with that assessment.
Now it all depends on whether the reluctant warrior Diaz is finally ready to go to battle. If it takes sweetening the financial pot and promising a title fight to the winner, then so be it.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports