Long struggling to gain respect in the ultra-talented UFC welterweight arena, No. 6-ranked Matt “The Immortal” Brown scored his seventh straight win with an impressive third round finish of No. 15 Erick Silva in the main event of last Saturday’s (May 10, 2014) UFC Fight Night 40 from Cincinnati, Ohio.
The win presumably earned Brown a shot at a top-ranked opponent, the only thing many feel is holding “The Immortal” back from his coveted title shot. While most thought the most obvious fight for him would be Hector Lombard, Brown recently spoke up on MMA Roasted to say he’d love to sign on for an exciting fight of a different nature (quote via MMA Mania):
"I think Nick Diaz would be more of a war than anybody else. The dude is not afraid to fight. He's a warrior in his own right. He likes to come forward, I like to come forward ... I can see that being a legendary fight, for sure. Of course that's gonna interest me.”
Interesting to be sure, but there are many hurdles to clear before that bout becomes a reality. Diaz, despite appearing at March’s UFC 171 to call out for a title shot, is still retired until official news comes otherwise.
The polarizing bad boy was offered a fight against Lombard, reportedly showed interest, and then failed to get back to UFC president Dana White. It’s clear that Diaz only wants to come out of retirement for the massive payday that a title fight would bring.
However, being that Diaz dropped his last two championship bouts and has been out of action for over a year, it’s almost impossible to justify that given the current state of the UFC 170-pound division, which is probably the most stacked in all of MMA.
A win over Brown would be just the thing to get him right back into the title mix. Both fighters are known for their fast-paced, high-volume “technical brawling” styles, with the slight edge in power probably going to Brown and the technicality advantage most likely owned by Diaz.
One thing is for sure, neither fighter shies away from a slugfest inside the Octagon, making this bout one of the most exciting throwdowns the UFC could book for the near future.
If they can somehow coax Diaz to sign on the dotted line, should this be the test that could ultimately propel Brown to the next level?