Dustin Poirier Claims Fight With Nate Diaz Is In Jeopardy: ‘He Doesn’t Want It’

    ByRoss Markey

    Dec 21, 2021

    Former interim UFC lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier appears to be less than hopeful of securing a long-awaited grudge match with Nate Diaz, insisting the Stockton native now has no interest in the pairing, despite initially vocalizing his willingness to clash with Poirier.

    Lafayette native, Poirier, headlined UFC 269 two week’s ago in an unsuccessful siege on the undisputed lightweight title, as he suffered a third round standing rear-naked choke loss to defending titleholder, Charles Oliveira.

    In the days following his submission loss to the Sao Paulo native, Poirier insisted that only a fight with Diaz enticed him to make an Octagon return, and called for a pairing as soon as feasibly possible. 

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    Diaz, in turn, also welcomed the pairing, encouraging the promotion to book the two together for UFC 270 in January at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. 

    However, Poirier revealed late last week that a UFC 270 pairing was impossible for the promotion to make, although he claimed he had accepted a bout with the Californian for the January pay-per-view event.

    Instead, Poirier suggested the two just fight in February at UFC 271 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas – before Diaz claimed the organization did not want to pay Poirier to fight him, hinting at a potential negotiation roadblock. 

    Responding to a Twitter user who questioned the status of their potential fight next year, Poirier replied, “He (Nate Diaz) doesn’t want it.” Before then claiming he would likely sit out and wait for another matchup to appear, or for Diaz to accept the fight rather than rush back into competition.

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    For Diaz, the former lightweight title contender is winless in his last two straight Octagon walks, most recently suffering a unanimous decision loss to the #3 ranked welterweight contender, Leon Edwards in the first five round, non-title, non-headliner in the history of the organization back at UFC 263 in June.