Despite the recent rumblings surrounding a potential rematch with former two-weight world champion, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor in the near future – former interim lightweight best, Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier’s attention has been drawn to a certain, Nate Diaz with tension still rife between the two following a failed pairing at UFC 230 in November of 2018.
Both Poirier and the above mentioned, McGregor have agreed to a rematch on social media over the last couple of weeks, six years after their UFC 178 featherweight clash. The striking pair were initially attempting to organize a charity mixed martial arts event on December 12th. in Dublin – with UFC president, Dana White then explaining how the promotion had in fact offered the two a rematch for a January 23rd. event.
Whilst McGregor has spoken of his willingness to clash with Poirier once more before a planned pairing with boxing world champion, Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao – he remains adamant that any sort of rematch should take place in either November or December of this year rather than the originally penned January date.
With a rumoured BMF championship rematch between Poirier’s American Top Team teammate, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal and the aforenoted, Diaz reportedly put on the back burner in favour of a matchup of Colby Covington and Masvidal – Diaz recently criticised both Poirier and Masvidal for taking fights with “friends“, McGregor and Covington, respectively.
The offer wasn’t for you dumbass Real fighters only
You already lost
And you and your teammate
are both fighting your friends
Fake ass fighters
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) October 13, 2020
Poirier may be pre-occupied with a potential re-run with Straight Blast Gym mainstay, McGregor – that hasn’t prevented him from clapping back at Diaz. Speaking with ESPN MMA reporter, Ariel Helwani in a recent interview – Poirier claimed he’d “slap him up“.
“Yeah he beat Conor (McGregor), he ain’t beat me,” Poirier said. “Bro, he can get it too, I’ll fight him too – at 170(-pounds). I don’t live in the Diaz world, I live in reality. If he wants to fight let’s go, I’ll slap him up.”
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In regards to their above noted, UFC 230 planned pairing – Poirier was forced from the scheduled co-headliner with a hip injury, with Diaz removed from the card altogether.
Since then, Poirier has gone on to score the interim lightweight throne with a second career win over former featherweight best, Max Holloway. Dropping a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title unification meeting at UFC 242 in September of last year – the Lafayette favourite returned to winning ways with a unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker at UFC Vegas 4 in June.