KEY POINTS

  • Former UFC title contender Dan Hardy is hoping to make a return to MMA
  • Hardy insists he's open to fighting either of the Diaz brothers 
  • Nick and Nate are also looking forward to an MMA comeback

Nick and Nate Diaz may have just found a potential opponent in their looming UFC return.

Former UFC welterweight title contender Dan Hardy has long been eyeing a mixed martial arts comeback, and the 38-year-old had been bugging veteran Matt Brown.

Now that “The Immortal” is already slated for a welterweight showdown against Dhiego Lima in June, Hardy turned his sights to “next name” on his target list–Nick Diaz.

According to the Brit, he’s open to fighting Nick even if it’s not under the UFC banner.

“I suppose I’ll jump to the next name on my list. Where’s Nicholas Diaz at? Any rules, any promotion, any arena,” Hardy tweeted. “Back to fighting for respect again. My happy place.”

While Hardy is clear about his desire to face the elder Diaz, “The Outlaw” also confirmed his interest to take on Nick’s younger brother Nate.

Replying to a fan’s query, Hardy wrote, “His [Nick’s] was the other name, but either Diaz would do.”

Fortunately for Hardy, the Diaz brothers are both looking forward to an MMA return as well.

Nick’s manager Kevin Mubenga revealed on his “Fight Games Chronicles” podcast in December that they are hoping to get a “deal done” soon for the right price and with the right opponent.

Now, in a recent Instagram post of his recovery coach Jose Garcia, Nick looked fit and ready to go.

Nate, on the other hand, had made his case for a UFC return shortly after Dustin Poirier beat Conor McGregor at UFC 257.

“They [the UFC] always talk about my record and how I have 11 losses,” Diaz pointed out on his ESPN interview last month.

“I’ve tried to rematch all of those losses," he exclaimed. "Never would they even consider it. ‘Don’t even ask, you lost.’ And 95 percent of them were all decision losses that were hardly lost. Most of them I won, so why would it be so out of the question for me to have a rematch with somebody now?”

Nate Diaz Nate Diaz eyes Conor McGregor from across the Octagon before their welterweight rematch at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 20, 2016. Photo: Steve Marcus/Getty Images