Dustin Poirier Urges Nate Diaz To Reach Deal With UFC: ‘Fans Would Be In For A Treat’

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 19, 2022

    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.

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    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.

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    “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.