Dustin Poirier has confirmed he’s in talks with the UFC to finalize a short-term fight with Nate Diaz in six weeks.
Speaking on The fight with Teddy Atlas, the No.2-ranked lightweight contender and the No.8-ranked men’s pound-for-pound fighter stressed that the contract had yet to be signed, but he was excited about the game nonetheless.
“Another thing that kind of sparked that flame was a few 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 it against myself and fight in the short term. We’ll see what happens. I don’t want to give too much because I don’t know what to say. No contract has been signed yet but if it passes I’ll take it … Like I need to go for a run now that’s how short the notice is. It’ll be a barn burner … It’s Nate Diaz and, just as he got it on Twitter, I’m not going to say what card or date. “
Watch Dustin Poirier in conversation with Teddy Atlas and co-host Ken Rideout below:
Poirier holds a 28-7-1 record in his professional MMA career, while Diaz is 20-13. The duo are more likely to be in a welterweight fight if they sign on the dotted line.
Dustin Poirier has now lost two undisputed lightweight championship fights since September 2019
Dustin Poirier is one of the greatest lightweight fighters in UFC history. However, he never won the undisputed division championship, having once held the interim belt.
His first title shot came against undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September 2019. He lost the match by submission in the third round.
A three-game winning streak gave him another chance to win gold. He faced reigning defending champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 last month.
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Once again, Poirier was subjected with a rear-naked choke. It could be a long time before he gets a third title shot if he chooses to pursue one.