Former interim UFC lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier has once again teased a potential welterweight division move, as well as alluding to an upcoming Octagon return, as speculation continues to mount regarding a grudge match against Nate Diaz.
The Louisiana native most recently featured in the main event of UFC 269, suffering a third round standing rear-naked choke defeat to undisputed lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira – snapping his three-fight winning run.
In the time since, speculation has been rife regarding a welterweight move for Poirier, as well as a long-awaited matchup against Stockton favorite, Diaz.
Poirier had claimed earlier this month that a bout with the Californian had been offered by the organization, for an event on less than six-weeks notice.
The 33-year-old maintained that he had agreed to fight Diaz, however, was still waiting on confirmation that the latter had also agreed to the matchup.
However, in the hours following Poirier’s claims, reports emerged that the UFC had intended to match Poirier and Diaz for possibly UFC 270 on January 22. – or UFC 271 on February 12., before then abandoning those plans.
Further reports detailing that the promotion is still willing to book Poirier and Diaz together, but the latter would first need to extend his contract with the organization, with the view to score a future trilogy rubber match against former undisputed lightweight and featherweight titleholder, Conor McGregor.
With the booking of a UFC 272 welterweight headliner between former interim champion, Colby Covington, and Florida native, Jorge Masvidal – speculation began to further mount that Poirier and Diaz may also find themselves on the card in order to increase its marketability due to the fact the event is headlined by a non-title fight.
Per a report from Cageside Press reporter, Chris Prawdzik, both Poirier and Diaz have agreed in principle to fight at UFC 272 on March 5., however, contracts have yet to be signed by either party.
Alluding to his comeback fight, Poirier tweeted, “Waiting on the call” – referring to a potential bout agreement arrival from the UFC.
Claiming that a fight with Diaz had been offered at the welterweight limit of 170lbs, Poirier further added fuel to the fire when he hinted at a division move, posting a picture on Instagram accompanied with the caption, “Bulking SZN”.
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