Nate Diaz Calls For ‘Retirement’ Fight With Dustin Poirier, Insists He’s ‘Done’ Fighting

    ByRoss Markey

    Feb 12, 2022
    Nate Diaz

    Nate Diaz appears to have sights fixed on a career closure against former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier, urging UFC president, Dana White to book his “retirement” fight, as well as insisting he is now “done” with the fight game.

    Diaz, who last featured in June of last year in a main card unanimous decision loss to Leon Edwards at UFC 263, infamously retains just a single fight on his Octagon contract, and would be free to test free agency following the completion of his contractual obligations.

    According to Poirier, a bout between himself and Diaz at the welterweight limit was close to coming to fruition, revealing he had received a bout agreement to fight the Stockton native early this year.

    However, despite interest from both Diaz and Poirier, the pairing failed to ever materialize, with the promotion electing to move on from the fight for the time being, despite initially showing interest in the pairing of the two.

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    Reports have detailed how the promotion would be interested in pitting Diaz and Poirier together in a grudge match, however, would only make the fight if Diaz extended his contract with the organization, with the view to booking a third fight and rubber match against former two-weight promotional champion, Conor McGregor.

    With Diaz and the UFC at loggerheads over his next outing, the Californian has claimed that any potential issue holding up a fight with Poirier is either coming from the promotion’s side, or the Louisianan’s – as well as urging the above mentioned White to get the fight over the line so he can retire from the sport.

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    “I would like to fight Dustin Poirier, like now,” Nate Diaz told TMZ. “Like, I’ve been trying to. If there’s any mix-up it’s him (Poirier) and them (the UFC) and the game. I want the fight now. What’s up? Dana White, let’s get this retirement fight cracking so I can get out of this fight game. I’m done with it.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

    Before his decision loss, Diaz suffered a fourth round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss against Jorge Masvidal in a symbolic BMF championship bout at UFC 244 in November 2019, having briefly returned to the winner’s enclosure with a unanimous decision win over Anthony Pettis in August of that year.

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    In the hours following Diaz’s interview, Poirier responded to a Twitter user who questioned what the hold up on a fight between both was — particularly with both sides eager to stand opposite one another.

    “You guys want bloodshed?!” Dustin Poirier tweeted.