Dustin Poirier has claimed that fans and onlooking spectators would be in for a treat if the promotion could work out a deal with Nate Diaz, as the two attempt to finally square off this year at the welterweight limit.
Poirier, a former interim lightweight champion, last featured in December where he dropped an eventual third round standing rear-naked choke defeat against defending undisputed champion, Charles Oliveira.
The Lafayette native has since noted his interest in securing a long-overdue fight with one-time lightweight title chaser, Diaz, after the pair failed to stand opposite each other in a pivotal lightweight offing back in November 2018.
Poirier even revealed this month that the promotion had offered him a welterweight bout against Diaz on less than six weeks notice, before the bout ultimately hit the skids before even coming to fruition.
Reports emerged detailing how while the organization were initially interested in booking Poirier and Diaz together for an event soon, as close at UFC 270 this weekend – or UFC 271 on February 12. – plans were eventually abandoned.
It is also believed for Diaz to secure a grudge match with Poirier, the Stockton native must first extend his contract with the promotion, who currently retain him for a single fight, with the view to a future rubber match with former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion, Conor McGregor.
Touching on a potential fight with Diaz during a recent AMA session with UFC broadcaster, Megan Olivi, Poirier claimed that spectators would be hugely entertained by a fight involving him and the Californian – if he could trash out terms with the organization.
“If Nate Diaz does get a deal done with the UFC, that’s a fight we’ve been supposed to do,” Dustin Poirier said. “I think the fans would be in for a treat, that’s something I want to do where I’m at.”
For Diaz, the veteran last featured back in June at UFC 263 – suffering a unanimous decision loss against the #3 ranked welterweight contender, Leon Edwards, in the first five round, non-title, non-main event in UFC history.
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