Dustin Poirier has claimed that he is on the verge of fighting Nate Diaz, and if it does happen then it will be going down in the very near future.
“No contract has been signed yet, but if this does go through I’m going to take it,” Poirier said on Teddy Atlas’ podcast, without immediately revealing who his opponent was. “This would be super short-notice.
“I already looked myself in the mirror. I spoke to my wife and my boxing coach, people I talk to regularly. I talked to my coach Mike Brown as well. They’re behind me if I decide I to take this fight, but I have to look myself in the mirror and ask, ‘Do I want to take this fight.’ I did exactly that. I looked in the mirror and I just felt good. I want to do it.”
Atlas and his co-host Ken Rideout then began urging Poirier to tell them who the fight would be against, at which point he spilled the beans.
“I don’t owe these guys nothing. I’m not biting my tongue. It is Nate Diaz,” Poirier confirmed. “I’m not going to say a card. I’m not going to say what date. But he got on Twitter talking. This guy really fights and I’m a fan of him, but everybody’s a tough guy on the internet. He said something like, ‘Let’s do it.’ I said, ‘Yeah, sure. I’ll really fight you this month.’”
Diaz, who has only one fight left on his current contract, has since responded after talking to the UFC directly however, and it seems like the fight might not be taking place as soon as ‘The Diamond’ thinks, if at all.
“I just talked to the UFC,” Diaz wrote. “I said wassup with the [Dustin Poirier] fight. I wanna fight ASAP but they said Dustin sucks and they don’t want it
“Sorry Dustin you suck. Hope to fight ASAP tho, let’s do this. P.S Olivera you suck too.”
The word is that the UFC had considered the match-up for a spot on either a card in January or February, but have now decided against it, though it remains unclear if they might still put the fight on at a later date.