Nate Diaz has said he's ready to fight again in the UFC and wants to fight welterweight contender Matt Brown.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com, Diaz said “I want the Matt Brown fight. That’s what I'm looking for. My brother is retired. So if this guy wants to fight a Diaz, he’s got to fight me.”
It would be a return to the 170lb welterweight division for Diaz, who moved down to the 155lb lightweight division three years ago, where he quickly became a title contender.
He had three fights in the UFC's welterweight division before, defeating Roy Markham and then losing back-to-back fights against Kim Dong-Hyun and Rory MacDonald, after which he returned to his favoured lightweight division.
Now he says he's ready to move back into the division to face Brown, who has been calling for a Diaz brother to fight since he put away Erick Silva at last weekend's UFC Fight Night 40.
It was Brown's seventh successive win and one that has seen him also boasting he could knockout current welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks.
The hard hitting fighter known as 'The Immortal' has finished 17 of his 19 wins and with his win over Silva, saw himself climb to rank #6 in the UFC's official rankings, on the cusp of title contendership.
However, like fellow welterweight, Josh Thomson, he's taken to calling out Nate's brother, Nick Diaz for a fight - which like Thomson, has seen Nate respond on behalf of his brother.
Brown said in an interview, that while a title shot is his goal, he'd 'settle' for a 'war' with Nick Diaz, who had declared himself 'retired' ever since he lost to Georges St-Pierre via decision back in early 2013.
Nate has certainly been more civil in his response to Brown than he was with Thomson, his follow-up to his earlier comments was "I’m trying to fight the baddest (expletive) out there. I'm not trying to fight some lame (expletive) fighter that they’re trying to build off of me."
It's encouraging news for fans and fighters alike that at least one of the Diaz brothers are back in business but it's especially good for the UFC, who haven't budged an inch over Diaz's requests for renegotiations.
He's gone as far as to ask for his release on Twitter, but Dana White rejected his request and decided to play the waiting game, a decision that has paid off now that Diaz is back to looking for fights.
He was removed from his #7 position on the lightweight rankings for 'inactivity'. He was later explained by White that he had been constantly refusing fights ever since putting away Gray Maynard in November.
Nate stepping up in his brother's absence is noble but if he does clash with Brown then a victory for Brown could see his brother Nick come out of retirement - provided Brown keeps up with the bait.
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