Nate Diaz Wants ‘Retirement Fight’ With Dustin Poirier

Nate Diaz and Dana White

Nate Diaz has suggested he’s on the verge of retirement as he continues to call for the final fight of his UFC deal to be against Dustin Poirier.

“I would like to fight Dustin Poirier. Like now,” Diaz told TMZ. “Like I’ve been trying to.

“If there’s any mix-up it’s him, and them, and the game. I want the fight now. What’s up Dana White? Let’s get this retirement fight cracking so I can get out of this fight game. I’m done with it.”

Poirier has also just been speaking about his interest in making the fight too, adding pressure on the UFC to make it official.

“I think there’s a good chance it’s going to happen,” Poirier told TMZ. “I think summer is probably a good target if I were to put one on a calendar, but I’m not sure, but I have a good feeling that it’s going to happen. I’m not sure 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’s a guy I grew up watching fight, I respect him and his brother, I think that stylistically it’s going to be fun for the fans. This is a Fight of the Year type of fight, and those are the kind of fights I want to be part of.”

And Poirier also raised doubts about talk of Diaz retiring in the near future.

“I don’t believe that,” Poirier said. “Nate, he’s got that dog in him. He’s going to fight forever. We’ll see what happens, but I believe he has a lot of fight left in him, but no telling what his plans are and his exit game or whatever’s going on. I want the fight and I think he wants it as well.”

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