A funny thing happens when you remove a legitimate competitor from the rankings; they immediately start weighing their options and looking for the fight that can get the wheels of progress turning in a forward direction. That's exactly what's happened with UFC lightweight star, Nate Diaz.
Hot on the heels of a spectacular victory over Erick Silva last weekend, Matt Brown voiced a desire to meet up with elder brother, Nick Diaz in the Octagon. Not missing a beat, the younger Diaz stepped forward to accept the challenge via MMA Fighting. Here's what Nate had to say about stepping up a weight class to fight Brown:
I want the Matt Brown fight; that's what I'm looking for. I'm trying to fight the baddest motherfuckers out there. I'm not trying to fight some lame ass fighter that they're trying to build off of me. My brother is retired. So if this guy wants to fight a Diaz, he's got to fight me.
Diaz has been very vocal about his dissatisfaction with his current contract, so this may be his idea of a way to expedite a renegotiation of it with Zuffa brass. At the time of this writing, there has been no response to the challenge from Matt Brown's camp. We'll keep our readers up to date as more information comes in.