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Dustin Poirier Teases Division Leap, Hints At Upcoming Fight

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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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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