Nick Diaz hasn’t fought in the UFC in over a year. Last in the Octagon in March of 2013, the talented lightweight has all but retired from the sport since his title challenge loss to (then) champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158.

However, despite his absence from the ring, Diaz’s (now) unranked name still echoes within the weight class. Simply put, his notoriety as a tough opponent and one that never backs down from a fight, leaves his name as being bandied about in a number of fans ‘what if’ calculations regarding the 170 pound division.

More to the point, the former Strikeforce champion’s reputation is such that he’s become a marquee star in the UFC and a name that immediately lends credibility to any fighter that could score a win over him.

In recognition of that fact, surging welterweight contender Matt Brown has made note of his interest in fighting Diaz.

“The Immortal” is riding an impressive seven fight winning streak and is currently ranked No. 6 in the standings. However, his string of victories lacks a win over a big name, top ranked fighter. Subsequent to that, Brown is looking for a match that will affirm him as one of the division’s elite fighters. In terms of it, Diaz would easily fill the bill for Brown on the issue.

In speaking with PopCandies TV, Diaz stated that he’s more than willing to fight Brown – a fighter that he loves – but would only be interested in doing so if UFC was willing to make a “big deal out of it.” If not, then Diaz isn’t interestedand and he’ll just continue to do his “thing.”

More directly, the “Stockton Bad Boy” stated – while rubbing his fingers together – that he’ll “do work when it’s worth it.”

Of interest in the interview is that Diaz referred to his career in the past tense. Diaz stated that he “loves everybody” in the UFC that’s working towards what he “was working towards.” With the comment, Diaz leaves fans with the impression that he really has packed it in and has no intention of returning to fighting. Certainly not short of huge paycheck and one that the UFC is unlikely to cut.