Dustin Poirier Might be Out of UFC 230 But Nate Diaz Knows Exactly Who He Wants to Fight Next…
After all the drama of ‘will they’ or ‘won’t they, Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier will not be fighting at UFC 230 in Toronto next month. The whole event has been a disaster from beginning to end. Without a main event for weeks, fight fans were bemused and outraged that Valentina Shevchenko was set to take on the relatively unknown Sijuara Eubanks for the flyweight title.
Fans were questioning why the UFC didn’t just give the main event to Diaz and Poirier who have enough drawing power between them – thanks in no small part to their mutual former opponent Conor McGregor – to sell pay-per-view buys. Diaz wanted it to be for a new 165 lb title, but the UFC held firm against this.
Now it has been announced that Poirier will be unable to fight because of an undisclosed injury. Nate has now been ruled out too, but he is fit and has said he knows who he wants to fight next.
Asked @NateDiaz209 what’s next now that Dustin Poirier is out of UFC 230. His response?
“I’ll just fight Khabib when he’s ready.”
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 10, 2018
Nate wants to fight Khabib Nurmagamedov next. Whether or not that is for the lightweight title, we do not know – but we’d assume so. It’s not actually that outrageous an idea. Whoever lost could easily fight Conor McGregor next – with the winner of that fight getting the next title shot. Either would be justified a rematch with the Irishman.
It’s also one of the biggest fights the UFC could make that doesn’t involve the injured Irishman. Both men have become bigger names because of the Notorious and have firm, dedicated fanbases. Can you imagine Diaz giving Khabib a ‘Stockton’ slap?
It’s unlikely though because Khabib has much less to gain by fighting Diaz. He really wants a legacy fight against GSP. Not even a rematch with McGregor really interests him unless the UFC is talking record-breaking financial terms. Realistically Tony Ferguson is the contender who has truly earned his shot at the title, but the former interim champion looks likely to miss out again.
Diaz hasn’t fought since 2015, when he lost to Conor McGregor in an epic war, which many fans believe could have been given to the Californian. His style would be very interesting against Khabib. Tall and rangy, he has excellent and underrated ju-jitsu, as well as superb boxing. On the ground, he’d be much more of a challenge for the Russian than McGregor was.
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Further fuelling this one is the fact that Nick Diaz – Nate’s older brother – slated the fighting style of Nurmagamedov after he beat McGregor. The elder Diaz said he doesn’t like to watch the Russian fight because his style is ‘dirty.’ He also believes that McGregor didn’t perform to the best of his ability on the night – a very interesting detail from a rival.
Whatever happens, there’s always drama when a Diaz brother is involved. Nate is a top fighter and has a personality like few other fighters in MMA today. Wait and see.