Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier is looking for a big UFC fight, and he has set his eyes on Stockton’s Nate Diaz.
This morning, Poirier posted a string of tweets aimed at Diaz, including him rebutting Diaz’s claim.
Diaz is claiming to have injected new life into the UFC by saying, “Don’t act like I didn’t kick this whole fight s—t back in gear.”
He is referring to his two massive fights in 2019, against Anthony Pettis and Jorge Masvidal. The Diamond isn’t having it however, with a simple “Stop it Nathan.”
A fan also responded to Diaz’s tweet by requesting for him to fight Poirier, with Poirier retweeting it.
Poirier, who is sidelined with a hip injury until spring, has been campaigning for comeback fights, including a rematch with Justin Gaethje or Conor McGregor, and of course, Nate Diaz.
When asked by a fan about how a fight with Diaz would go, Poirier visualizes a showstopping win:
The Diamond said in his tweet, “I see me knocking him out.”
Both Poirier and Diaz have won multiple UFC performance bonuses. If this fight comes to fruition, it’ll be a barn-burner of a stand-up match that has the potential to be the fight of the night.
The Diamond is coming off a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, a bout that featured the unification of Poirier’s interim UFC lightweight title and Nurmagomedov’s disputed lightweight title.
Before that submission loss, Poirier was on a tear through the division, winning four in a row, with three finishes over top lightweights Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis.
Poirier walked away with the interim lightweight belt when he fought the featherweight champion at the time, Max Holloway. Poirier put on a striking clinic at UFC 236, which granted him the belt and a shot at the lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Nate Diaz is coming off the heels of a massive 2019. August marked his return to the sport after a three-year hiatus, and he was welcomed back by Anthony Pettis. Diaz won an impressive three-round decision and promptly called out Jorge Masvidal to be his next opponent.
Those two fought for the “BMF” belt, with Diaz ultimately losing to Masvidal by doctor’s stoppage between the third and fourth round. Even after the loss, Diaz continues to be one of the most popular fighters in UFC and the sport of MMA.
If Poirier and Diaz do end up meeting inside the black cage, it’ll either be at lightweight or welterweight. Most likely, the contest will take place at lightweight as Poirier is a top contender there and has never fought at welterweight. It’s unclear at the moment if Diaz is willing to cut the weight to get down to 155, a weight class he has fought in many times. If The Diamond wants the man from Stockton, he may have to move up to a new division.