Dustin Poirier wants one last fight.
That fight doesn’t include a trilogy with Conor McGregor, but instead would be a matchup with Nate Diaz, which has been discussed on multiple occasions over the years, but always somehow falls through.
“I think there’s a good chance it’s going to happen,” Poirier said. “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.”
Poirier was last in action on December 11 where he lost a title shot to defending champion Charles Oliveira via submission. This was Poirier’s second failed attempt at the belt, the first being a submission loss to then champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Diaz, meanwhile, is on a two-fight losing streak, which were handed by Jorge Masvidal via TKO and Leon Edwards via unanimous decision.
Diaz recently had his UFC contract extended, according to reports, which leaves an opportunity for Poirier vs Diaz to come to fruition.
In August 2018, a matchup was announced between the two fighters for UFC 230, but Poirier was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Ever since then, Poirier and Diaz have made it clear through social media that they want to make it happen.
“Nate’s a fighter’s fighter and I love what he brings, the intensity, the fight he brings, and I think with my style, it’s going to be an incredible fight,” Poirier added.