It seems like it’s finally happening! Dustin Poirier revealed in a recent interview with Teddy Atlas that he will be fighting Nate Diaz next. In what was an extremely candid conversation with the legendary boxing coach Teddy Atlas, the former interim lightweight champion spilled the beans on his UFC return.
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If we are to believe, Dustin Poirier will have less than 6 weeks to prepare for the bout should everything fall in place and the fight goes through. “I said yes, now we are waiting on him,” Poirier exclaimed as he sent fans in a frenzy with the announcement.
One can argue, that there is a possibility that Poirier could be hinting at fighting at UFC 270: Francis Ngannou vs Ciryl Gane. Needless to say, the assumption is too far-fetched, but considering the fact that Dustin Poirier reminded the fans about his tweet where he mentioned fighting Nate Diaz, “next month,” raises a lot of eyebrows.
Additionally, despite the two championship fights to kick-off the year at UFC 270, the undercard looks quite bleak. The addition of Dustin Poirier vs Nate Diaz could add a lot of firepower to UFC’s first PPV of the year 2022.
On the other hand, should both the parties come to terms and decide to meet at UFC 271, we could see Nate Diaz and Israel Adesanya once again on the same card. UFC 271 features the hugely anticipated rematch between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker.
While it does look like we could finally see Dustin Poirier square off against Nate Diaz, Poirier also cleared the air on the contract, and revealed: “No contracts have been signed yet.”
When is Dustin Poirier vs Nate Diaz?
It’s safe to say that a short-notice fight wouldn’t give more than a month of preparation time to both the fighters, and while it could still be a possibility, the common assumption is that both the fighters will take on each other either at UFC 269 or UFC 270.
Earlier, UFC President Dana White has also expressed his interest in the potential showdown. Needless to say, UFC couldn’t have hoped for a better start to 2022.