NATE DIAZ has told Dustin Poirier to ‘f**k’ fighting at lightweight and meet him in a welterweight showdown.
Fan favourite Poirier called out the youngest Diaz brother shortly after his stunning second-round TKO victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 257.
Nate Diaz wants to fight Dustin Poirier in a welterweight showdown[/caption]
But Ultimate Fighter season five winner Diaz has no intention of dropping back down to 155lbs to settle the score with The Diamond.
Alongside a video Poirier recorded after undergoing surgery in October 2019, Diaz tweeted: “These are fighting words tho. So f**k a weight class.”
Diaz, 35, preceded that tweet by announcing his intention to stay in the stacked welterweight division.
He tweeted: “NDA (Nick Diaz Army) soldier 170lbs. Come get you some of the real.”
Diaz and Poirier were meant to face one another at UFC 230 in November 2018, although their eagerly-anticipated meeting fell through as the latter was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.
And Diaz, who hasn’t set foot inside the octagon since losing his BMF title match with Jorge Masvidal in November 2019, made a beeline for the former interim lightweight champion 24 hours after seeing him score a historic upset over McGregor.
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Alongside a picture of their face-off at the UFC’s 25th-anniversary press conference, Diaz wrote: “I’m training to whoop ur ass next.
“Be about it don’t talk about it.”
Diaz’s taunts over the years have well and truly annoyed Poirier, who is eager to settle the score with the Stockton slugger once and for all.
During he UFC 257 post-fight press conference, Poirier said: “A rematch with Conor interests me.
“I always wanted to whip Nate Diaz’s ass, that interests me. In fighting, that’s about it. I’m sure something will make sense.
Nate Diaz hasn’t fought since losing his UFC 257 clash with Jorge Masvidal[/caption]
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“Me and Conor are 1-1. Nate Diaz got away and likes to talk a lot of s*** online, but I just gotta go back home and we’ll see.”
Poirier doubled down on his callout of Diaz in an interview with ESPN, saying: “Those are the kind of fights I want to be part of.
“Fights that are exciting to me and that I’m motivated to get up and bust my ass every day. That is exciting.
“That is a guy I grew up watching, a guy who is still a very big name, that’s it.
“I think the fans would be in for a great fight if that one happens. “Does it make sense in the lightweight division? No.
“Does it make sense where I am at, standing in the door front of a title shot? No. But, it is a fun fight and this is entertainment and this is fighting.”