Poirier is willing to fight Diaz this month, despite losing LAST WEEK

Dustin Poirier says he is willing to fight Nate Diaz this month despite losing to Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 LAST WEEK, as lightweight star insists he is ‘serious’ about an immediate return to the Octagon after chastening defeat

  • UFC star Dustin Poirier says he wants to get back in the Octagon this month 
  • The Diamond, 32, lost to Charles Oliveira in their lightweight title clash last week 
  • However, he wants to return immediately and is up for fighting Nate Diaz
  • Diaz, 36, took to Twitter to accept the challenge, and wants to fight in January 

Dustin Poirier is willing to step straight back into the Octagon after his defeat by Charles Oliveira, after the Diamond accepted a challenge from UFC rival Nate Diaz.

Poirier, 32, is reeling from his title defeat to the Brazilian at UFC 269 last weekend, the second time he has missed out on UFC gold after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov two years ago.

The Diamond is determined to reach the lightweight summit and revealed he was open to the idea of fighting UFC veteran and fan-favourite Diaz next, to which the Stockton-born star responded on Twitter.

Dustin Poirier has insisted he wants to fight UFC rival Nate Diaz as early as this month

Poirier, 32, lost out in his lightweight title bid to Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 last weekend

‘I’ll fight Dp [Dustin Poirier] in January don’t be a scared lil b**** this time now or never,’ he tweeted.

Poirier responded: ‘I’ll fight you this month’.

‘Ur [sic] full of s***’ Diaz replied, to which Poirier said: ‘I’m serious bro’.

Poirier and Diaz’s feud has bubbled away for some time now. The pair were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 230 in 2018, before the fight fell apart. 

The Diamond is determined to get straight back into the Octagon after his chastening loss

Diaz offered to fight Poirier in January, to which the Diamond said he will fight him this month

Diaz blamed Poirier for dropping out to undergo surgery on a hip injury, while the Diamond claimed that his rival’s contractual stand-off with the UFC was behind the fight’s failure. 

Diaz is targeting a January return after losing to Leon Edwards at welterweight this year, and has called for a top ranked opponent he feels is worthy of stepping in the Octagon with him. The 36-year-old deemed that Khamzat Chimaev did not fit the bill.

UFC 270 is the organisation’s January PPV card, which will be headlined by Francis Ngannou v Cyril Gane for the heavyweight title, while a flyweight title rematch between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo is also scheduled. 

A middleweight bout between Derek Brunson and Jared Cannonnier has been moved from UFC 270 to UFC 271, opening up a slot for Poirier and Diaz to do battle, should the fighters strike terms with the UFC.  

They could meet at UFC 270, which will be headlined by heavyweight star Francis Ngannou

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