Dustin Poirierand Nate Diazapparently want to fight in the cfuthis summer.
- American fighter Poirier even told reporters recently that he was ready to sign a deal immediately.
Dustin Poirier is confident he will fight Nate Diaz this year, but if that match ever comes to fruition, it severely limits Conor McGregor’s comeback options as they are both his biggest rivals.
“I want the fight, and he wants it too,” American MMA fighter Poirier said last weekend, according to MMA Junkie.
Poirier, 33, is one of the biggest stars on the UFC roster and has run a gauntlet for nearly five years, competing against Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway, Dan Hooker and
At that time, his only losses were against Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019 and Charles Oliveira in December.
Poirier is looking to bounce back from that loss to UFC lightweight champion Oliveira and has targeted Diaz – one fight
Poirier said he was ready to sign a deal, such is his enthusiasm for the fight. “On my side, let’s go. On his side and the UFC, they have to understand. But I’m ready to rock.”
He continued: “I think there’s a good chance of that happening. I think summer is a good target if I were to put one on the calendar. I’m not sure, but I have the good feeling that this is going to happen.
“I don’t know if I’m going to stay at 170 pounds, but this fight makes sense. I just want to be in fights that mean something to me.
“Nate is a guy I grew up watching fights with. I respect him and his brother [Nick]. I think stylistically it’s a fun fight for the fans. It’s a Fight of the Year type fight, and those are the fights I want to be in.”
Such a confrontation could have a significant impact on McGregor
If UFC boss Dana White approved a welterweight bout between Poirier and Diaz for the summer, they would both become unavailable for McGregor’s expected return.
The former two-weight UFC champion hasn’t fought since suffering a horrific broken leg in a second straight loss to Poirier last year, but rumor has it. he returns in a headlining bout in July at International Fight Week in Las Vegas.
McGregor had been chomping at the bit to fight Poirier for the fourth time, in an attempt to get revenge for his recent losses.
But he also has unfinished business with Diaz, as their two-fight rivalry yielded one win and one loss apiece.
Elsewhere at lightweight, titleholder Oliveira defends his crown against Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7.
That leaves few realistic opponents for McGregor other than Tony Ferguson, who has lost three straight fights, in what could be considered a win-or-go home event.
McGregor is currently ninth in the UFC lightweight rankings. Ferguson is seventh.