Fri. Dec 9th, 2022

A potential war of welterweights is brewing.

Former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin ‘Diamond’ Poirier could be fighting in less than 6 weeks. The 2x lightweight championship challenger revealed on ‘THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas‘ that his next bout could potentially be a short-notice clash against old rival Nate Diaz.

Another thing that kinda got that flame going, a couple of days ago, I got a phone call. I can’t talk about it yet. It’s a very short notice thing. Something I would hate to do is stack things against myself and take a fight on short-notice. But, we’ll see what happens. I don’t want to give too much because I don’t know what I can say. No contract has been signed yet. But if this does go through, I’ll take it.”

After brief speculation from Atlas and co-host Ken Rideout about who the unnamed opponent could be, Poirier soon confirmed that the man in question was indeed Nate Diaz.

“I don’t owe these guys nothing, I’m not biting my tongue. It is Nate Diaz. Just like he got on Twitter, I’m not gonna say what card, I’m not gonna say a date or whatever.”

He went on to make it clear that Diaz’ online confidence didn’t sit right with him and that he wanted him to put his money where his mouth is.

Everybody is a tough guy. This guy really fights and I’m a fan of him, but everyone is a tough guy on the internet. He said something like ‘Let’s do it’ and I said ‘I’ll fight you this month’.

Importantly, Poirier also dropped the bomb that this fight would supposedly be happening less than 6 weeks from now. If this is correct, then the fight looks likely for UFC 271 on the 12th of February.

The tension between the two fighters isn’t something that has suddenly materialized, however. Back in 2018, Diaz and Poirier were booked to fight one another at UFC 230, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This fight was scheduled at lightweight, with this one looking to be at welterweight over 3 years on.

Officially, the fight was cancelled in light of a hip-injury sustained by Dustin Poirier. Interestingly, since then he has proffered a different view on the situation. Taking to Twitter in 2019 to claim that Diaz was the one who withdrew from the fight after infighting with the UFC. Poirier then opted to not fight a replacement opponent. Notably the aforementioned hip problem did force Poirier into surgery – which speaks to the severity of the injury.

In classical Diaz fashion, Nate gave no sympathy nor credit to the then hospitalised fighter. Claiming that Poirier ‘can’t even make it to war’.  This remark led to a fiery video response straight from the hospital bed of the Louisianan.

You pulled out of my fight too. You’re a b*tch. Fake ass gangster.

With the fight not being signed by either man, nothing has been finalised. However Poirier’s visible and audible enthusiasm about the potential contest cannot be denied, which would lead one to believe he will sign on for the bout. This would leave the fate of this fight in the hands of Stockton’s own.

By Ben Matthews

Aspiring journalist in the UK. Currently studying for a degree in Journalism and Publishing from BSU.