Nate Diaz On Dustin Poirier: ‘I’m Not Gonna Play Nice Guy’
Nate Diaz isn’t interested in being chummy with Dustin Poirier.
Diaz is aware of Poirier’s surge in the UFC lightweight division. “The Diamond” has gone 7-1, 1 NC in his last nine outings. Poirier is fresh off what most fans and experts believe is the biggest win of his pro MMA career. “The Diamond” scored a second-round TKO victory in his rematch against Conor McGregor.
During an interview with ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani, Diaz said that if he goes one-on-one with Poirier, he won’t be friendly in the buildup to the fight.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) February 9, 2021
“I’m not gonna play f—in’ nice guy like how Conor McGregor just did with him. Conor just walked him right in for the taking, you know? I think that a fight with me would be more real, a more serious situation for him and I don’t think he could sleep with that.”
Poirier was quick to respond to Diaz’s intrigue in the fight by showing mutual interest.
A fight closer to my natural weight sounds like a great idea
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) February 9, 2021
“A fight closer to my natural weight sounds like a great idea.”
Diaz and Poirier were initially scheduled to collide back in November 2018. The bout would’ve served as the co-main event of UFC 230 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. A hip injury forced “The Diamond” off the card.
Diaz hasn’t competed since November 2019. He fell short in his bid to become the one-time-only BMF Champion. The Stockton native was finished by Jorge Masvidal via third-round TKO due to doctor’s stoppage. UFC President Dana White has claimed that Diaz will return as a lightweight but Diaz denies he will return to 155 pounds.