Off the back of his submission loss to reigning UFC lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira last weekend, former interim titleholder, Dustin Poirier appears willing to remain hugely active. And return just next month on January 22. in a welterweight grudge match against veteran contender, Nate Diaz at UFC 270 in Anaheim, California.
Poirier, who headlined UFC 269 last Saturday, suffered a third round standing rear-naked choke loss to defending Sao Paulo grappling expert, Oliveira, bring an end to his three-fight spree.
With speculation rife regarding his immediate fighting future off the back of the disheartening submission loss to Oliveira, Poirier maintained that the coming weeks would prove imperative in his decision making.
However, this week, the Lafayette native has admitted that the only fight that grabs his attention right now is a reworked welterweight pairing with former lightweight title challenger, Nate Diaz, as he flirts with a departure from the lightweight division.
“When I’ve been laying down thinking about fights, nothing gets me excited – unless Nate Diaz wants to fight,” Poirier told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “If he wants to fight, that gets me excited.”
Poirier and Diaz were briefly linked to a Madison Square Garden clash back in November 2018, however, the pairing failed to come to fruition – with both parties placing the blame at each other’s doorsteps for the shelved bout.
Diaz had claimed Poirier withdrew from the bout citing a hip injury, however, the Louisianan maintains the fight had never been officially signed, and pointed to Diaz’s contractual situation with the organization as the catalyst for the failed bout.
Reacting to Poirier’s claims that he would fight Diaz next, the Stockton native tweeted, “I’ll fight Dp (Dustin Poirier) in January don’t be a scared lil b*tch this time, now or never.”
Responding to the Californian fan favorite, Poirier tweeted, “I’ll fight you this month.” – drawing the following reply from Diaz; “Ur full of sh*t. – before Poirier responded with, “I’m serious bro.”
The aforenoted, Helwani then tweeted detailing how both Poirier and Diaz had the intentions of fighting each other next month at UFC 270 – which is slated to take palace at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
“Both @NateDiaz209 and @DustinPoirier are legitimately serious about fighting each other next month, I’m told,” Helwani tweeted. “Both would accept the fight right away for January.”
UFC 270 currently houses a pair of undisputed title fights, including a heavyweight title unification bout between Francis Ngannou, and interim gold holder, Ciryl Gane, while flyweight rivals, Brandon Moreno, and Deiveson Figueiredo clash for a third time.
A slot on the main card of UFC 270 has become available this week, however, with the high-stakes potential middleweight title-eliminator between Jared Cannonier and Derek Brunson pushed forward to February, beneath the UFC 271 headliner, which is headlined by a title rematch between Israel Adesanya, and Robert Whittaker.
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