Dustin Poirier Talks UFC 230 Issues
Dustin Poirier wanted to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 230, but injuries and Nate Diaz seemed to have stood in the way of that happening on November 3rd.
“We don’t even have enough time to talk about all the times it was changed,” Poirier told Luke Thomas on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “The fight was on, it was off, it was just crazy, there was a lot of crazy stuff going on.”
Poirier would withdraw from the UFC 230 co-main event last week due to a hip injury, but Diaz would continuously attempt to change the terms of the fight.
“They wanted to switch it to five rounds, man, it was just so messed up dude,” Poirier said. “Nate was being hard to deal with, I believe. Every weight class they offered it at 155 and he wanted 160 and I agreed to that. He kind of negotiated himself out of a main-event spot. They offered us the main event, I accepted, Nate over-negotiated, they lost the main event, it was just back-to-back days of him trying to have his way, honestly.
Poirier wanted to prove himself against Diaz in a major fight, but lamented over the hassle it inevitably became.
“A lot of these fans are blowing me up on social media saying you blew an opportunity, your big payday and stuff like that, they don’t understand how contracts work,” Poirier said. “I don’t get PPV points to fight Nate Diaz. I don’t know what anyone thinks is going on here, but, I took this fight not because it was a big-money fight, but because it was a big opportunity. It’s a huge headache with all the stuff that he was playing.”
“I have my eyes on everybody man, honestly,” Poirier said of what’s next when he returns from injury. “Like I said after my last fight, I want big fights, my goal is to be the world champion. So whatever fight makes sense. I felt like this Nate fight makes sense. If the UFC can get him to play ball, maybe we’ll do it, if not, we’ll see what shakes out, man and what’s next, but I need big fights.”
“Like I said, so much stuff went on behind the scenes, even if everything went smooth, I’m not sure if this fight would have even went through with this guy,” Poirier said of another shot at Diaz. “But if the UFC wants it, I’m down. If they can make it happen, I’m down.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting