Earlier this week, both former interim UFC lightweight titleholder, Dustin Poirier, and veteran contender, Nate Diaz voiced their respective interest in a long-awaited grudge match – as soon as January 22. at UFC 270 in Anaheim, California.
This Friday evening, however, Poirier has claimed that he, in fact, agreed to a showdown with Diaz for the January pay-per-view event at the Honda Center, however, then maintained that the promotion informed him, a bout was no longer available, for an undisclosed reason.
In turn, Poirier has now suggested the two square off at UFC 271 a month later on February 12. at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas in a tweet on his official Twitter account.
“Maybe UFC 271, they (the UFC) couldn’t make it happen on (UFC) 270,” Poirier tweeted this evening. “I said yes.”
In response to Poirier’s claims that a UFC 270 fight wasn’t possible, Diaz claimed that the promotion instead simply did now want to pay Poirier to fight on that card, calling him a “loser”.
“The UFC just don’t wanna pay for u dp (Dustin Poirier) sorry u suck loser,” Diaz tweeted in response.
Poirier, who most recently headlined UFC 269 just a week ago, suffered the snapping of his three-fight winning streak at lightweight, in an unsuccessful siege of the undisputed championship in an eventual third round standing rear-naked choke loss to defending kingpin, Charles Oliveira.
For Diaz, the Stockton favorite recently seen his one-fight deal with the UFC extended by a further six-months, as he openly rejected a planned pairing with the #10 ranked welterweight contender, undefeated prospect, Khamzat Chimaev.
The Californian maintained he would not be fighting the Chechen-born finisher next, and still retains just a single fight on his current UFC contract.
Diaz last competed in June of this year in a unanimous decision loss to the #3 ranked welterweight contender, Leon Edwards at UFC 263 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Diaz and Edwards competed in the first, five-round, non-title, non-main event in the history of the organization as a result.
This week, a dejected Poirier maintained that he will likely fight again in the future, however, expressed his interest in a fight with Diaz next, maintaining that was the only possible matchup that piqued his interest at the moment.
The two were briefly linked to a Madison Square Garden bout at UFC 230 in November 2018, however, the bout failed to ever materialise despite a press conference face-off between the two, with Poirier claiming Diaz and the UFC failed to reach terms on the clash, while Diaz claimed Poirier withdrew due to injury.
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