UFC Lightweight Dustin Poirier just wants to fight, and there’s no going back to his point that he will fight anyone come July 30, 2022. But Poirier has not been able to get a deal done for himself since his last fight back in December 2021 at UFC 269. Poirier’s number one choice of fighting for a long time was Nate Diaz. But the deal has turned into a fiasco between the two for the second time straight in 2022.
The first time the fight was booked was back in UFC 230, in 2018 at Madison Square Garden but the fight got cancelled due to unclear reasons. Poirier is coming off a second title shot loss against Charles Oliveira and therefore needs to come back into the win column in order to prove his already worthy championship calibre.
Regardless, Poirier’s wins already speak a Hall of Fame level resume with wins over the likes of Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez, Conor McGregor (twice), Max Holloway (twice), Dan Hooker and many more.
Dustin Poirier claims unlike him, Nate Diaz couldn’t get the deal done on all the three occasions for booking the fight
In an interview with MMA Fighting’s THE MMA HOUR with Ariel Helwani, Poirier talks about his situation for his next fight, his recent callouts and a casual talk about life outside of fighting. But the interview definitely carried the Poirier’s side of the story on the whole fight deal fiasco between him and Diaz.
“Everybody’s [at the MMA community] throwing shade at me every time I say ‘What’s up Nate'” says Poirier “Bro, this fight has been offered to me twice already this year and I have accepted both times. It’s not like I am chasing this guy. Don’t call my phone and ask me to fight the guy… I don’t know, maybe he couldn’t get the deal done, on my side, I have accepted it twice, this year, 2022…
I know just as much [about Diaz’s contractual situation] as everybody knows in the MMA world... I accepted the first time right 2 weeks after my last fight,” concluded Poirier.
In total, if we count the 2018 deal of fight between the two back for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden, Poirier has claimed that he has accepted the fight all three times in total and has claimed Nate’s the one causing the delay. What is your read of the entire situation, do you think the UFC will be able to make the fight happen?
Suppose this fight falls out from happening, who do you think is next for Poirier and Diaz in their respective career? While it has been unofficially released that Diaz is most likely to fight Chimaev, Poirier has been called out by UFC Welterweights Stephen Thompson, Sean Brady and Gilbert Burns.