Despite firm interest from both parties, the UFC is reportedly abandoning initial plans to book a welterweight fight between former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier, and Nate Diaz for a short notice clash in January or February.
On Tuesday, former interim lightweight kingpin, Poirier confirmed that he had received and accepted an offer from the UFC to book a fight against Diaz on short notice, in less than six weeks, in fact.
However, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Diaz claimed that he himself had spoken with representatives from the UFC – and claimed they were no longer interested in booking a fight between him and Poirier.
“I just talked to the UFC I said, whassup (sic) with the DP (Dustin Poirier) fight I wanna fight asap (as soon as possible) but they (the UFC) said Dustin (Poirier) sucks and they don’t want it,” Nate Diaz tweeted. “Sorry, Dustin you suck hope to fight asap tho let’s do this (closed fist emoji). PS, Olivera (sic) you suck too.”
And according to a report from MMA Fighting reporter, Damon Martin on Wednesday night, the promotion are, in fact, set to abandon plans to pit Poirier and Diaz in a welterweight fight, for January or February, at least.
The organization had reportedly reached out to both Poirier and Diaz to field a potential fight between the two at welterweight, and despite interest from both sides of the table, the promotion has now elected against pursuing a fight between the two. Plans were discussed which would see Poirier vs. Diaz potentially take place at UFC 270 on January 22. – or UFC 271 on February 12.
Speculation regarding a fight between the two first rose following Poirier’s undisputed lightweight title challenge loss to Charles Oliveira, when Diaz confirmed he would be interested in fighting the Lafayette native next – as soon as January.
For Diaz, the one-time lightweight title challenger most recently featured at UFC 263 in June, suffering a unanimous decision loss to surging welterweight contender, Leon Edwards at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The defeat came as Diaz’s second consecutively, as the Californian retains just a single fight on his current Octagon deal.
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