Sorry, Nate Diaz. You might want a scrap with Matt Brown, but UFC president Dana White isn’t interested in arranging that tango.
If it’s any consolation, you can corner big brother Nick (pictured) if a shootout with Brown is blockbuster enough to draw him out of retirement.
“Listen, if Nick Diaz wants to come out and fight Brown, I’ll do that fight,” White said on this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight.”
Nick initially announced his retirement after losing a controversial decision to Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight title at UFC 143, a bout Diaz was positive he had won. He returned 13 months later to challenge then-champ Georges St-Pierre for this throne at UFC 158.
Diaz was thoroughly trounced for a unanimous decision defeat and re-retired immediately after.
Nick recently said he’d return if he received a hefty raise – to the tune of $500,000 per fight.
As far as Nate goes, he too is demanding more money despite inking a new deal just three fights ago. He might think posting a win over a red hot Brown will warrant a rate increase, but White isn’t interested in giving him that opportunity.
“There’s no way in the world,” White stated. “That fight has not been talked about. It’s not even close. We never even considered that fight.
“Nate Diaz did say he was interested in that fight, but that fight doesn’t make sense. He’s fighting at [155 pounds]. He’s lost two of his last three fights and Brown is on this unbelievable roll. Brown is a welterweight and has been fighting there for a long time and is deserved a top contender.”
Brown has rattled off seven straight wins, with six of those Ws ending via some form of knockout.