Dustin Poirier vs Nate Diaz short notice grudge fight shelved by UFC
Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz won't be fighting in a short notice grudge fight after all.
The UFC duo, both of whom have fought for the lightweight title, seemed set to finally settle their years-long rivalry at either UFC 270 or 271 over the next few weeks, with both fighters interested.
However, reports now indicate that the fight won't be taking place, despite both men agreeing to get involved with less than six weeks to train.
Diaz famously made his name on a last-minute replacement when he stepped in to face Conor McGregor at UFC 196 in 2016, where he beat the Irishman by rear naked choke.
But he won't repeat the feat against Poirier, who just fought at UFC 269 for the title against Charles Oliveira at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
MMA Fighting have reported that sources close to the negotiations have confirmed that while the UFC was floating the idea, it is now increasingly unlikely to materialise.
Poirier yesterday indicated that while nothing had been signed, he had agreed to the fight just weeks after his loss to Oliveira, and it would signal his move up to welterweight for the first time since 2007.
But Diaz responded by telling him that the UFC weren't interested, pouring cold water on the exciting match-up, which would have added fireworks to the promotion's early year schedule.
"I just talked to the UFC," Diaz tweeted after Poirier had revealed that the pair were in talks.
"I said 'what's going on with the Dustin Poirier fight, I wanna fight as soon as possible'.
"But they said 'Dustin sucks' and they don’t want it sorry. Dustin you suck hope to fight soon though let’s do this.
"P.S. Oliveira you suck too."
Poirier let the cat out of the bag with regards to the fight during an appearance on Teddy Atlas' podcast The Fight.
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He detailed that there was an offer that he had accepted, but no contracts had been sent out, despite the fight taking place in a short enough time that he would need to go running that day.
"This is going to be super short notice," Poirier explained. "Like, I need to go run right now, that short notice.
"I've already looked myself in the mirror, spoke to my wife, my boxing coach, Mike Brown [his MMA trainer], and they're behind me if I decide to take this fight.
"I looked in the mirror and I just felt good, I want to do it!
"I don't owe these guys nothing, it is Nate Diaz – I'm not going to say what card, or a date or whatever, but he got on Twitter talking and everybody is a tough guy on the internet.
"He said something like 'let's do it', and I said 'okay, I'll fight you this month', I don't know if you saw this – now we're waiting on him!"
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