UFC welterweight staple, Nate Diaz appears to be growing more and more tireless on the lack of movement on a fight with former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier – so much so, the Stockton favorite has now publicly campaigned to sign for Bellator MMA, and compete on their April Bellator 279 card in Hawaii.
Diaz, who has competed under the UFC umbrella since his promotional debut back in June 2007 where he won The Ultimate Fighter 3 – last featured in June of last year on the main card of UFC 263, dropping his second consecutive loss in the form of a unanimous decision defeat against Leon Edwards.
The Stockton fan-favorite, rather infamously, retains just a single fight on his current UFC contract, and has been lobbying publicly for a grudge match against the above mentioned, Poirier, who also shares public interest in scoring a summer showdown with Diaz.
However, given the fact Diaz retains just a single fight on his contract, and it is yet to re-up with the organization, with the view to booking a trilogy rubber match with former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor, Diaz has yet to book his desired fight with Poirier.
Growing frustrated with the freeze on his professional career, Diaz, in the past has urged UFC president, Dana White to simply book his fight with Poirier, so he can complete his contractual obligations with the promotion, and then retire from professional mixed martial arts.
In the latest development, however, Diaz has now publicly shown his interest in fighting under the Bellator banner – as soon as next month, pointing to the promotion’s recent signing of UFC alum, Yancy Medeiros ahead of a lightweight pairing with Emmanuel Sanchez.
“I’m tryin’ get on this @BellatorMMA card in April wit (sic) my boy @ymedeiros (Yancy Medeiros) in Hawaii,” Nate Diaz tweeted. “Wasup (sic) wit @BellatorMMA.”
Diaz, a one-time lightweight title challenger under the UFC’s banner, has yet to have professional dealings with Bellator MMA leader, Scott Coker, however, Diaz’s elder brother, Nick Diaz previously competed under the then-Scott Coker led Strikeforce banner, clinching the promotion’s undisputed welterweight crown.