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.

“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.”

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.

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