‘I’m Down, He’s Not’- Dustin Poirier Says Nate Diaz Has Rejected a Fight Against Him

Published 12/24/2021, 11:12 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 27: Dustin Poirier prepares to fight Dan Hooker of New Zealand in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Dustin Poirier is one of the toughest fighters the UFC has ever signed. His moniker, ‘The Diamond’, definitely does justice for his character. Poirier has been a part of the UFC for over ten years and has put on some epic fights throughout his professional career.

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As of December 2021, Poirier’s fight record stands at 28 wins and 7 losses. Poirier has beat some of the best fighters in the promotion, including Conor McGregor, Justin Gaethje, and Max Holloway. The fighter is also a former interim UFC Lightweight Champion.

His most recent fight was against Charles Oliveira at UFC 269. Even though Poirier dominated the Brazilian throughout the first round, Oliveira got the better of him in round two. Poirier lost the fight via submission.

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Since his loss, fans have been questioning Poirier’s next move. There were rumors going around that the Louisiana fighter will face Nate Diaz next. However, according to Poirier, Diaz has been ducking him.

This is the expectation of seeing Poirier take on Nate Diaz has let the second time fans down. Both fighters are absolute fan favorites. They slated Diaz to face Poirier back in 2018, at UFC 230. However, unfortunately, Dustin Poirier had to pull out of the fight because of an injury.

Diaz is currently in the last fight of his UFC contract and may not continue in the UFC after his next fight. If Diaz takes on Dustin Poirier, fans can surely expect the bout to be a nail-biter, owing to both fighters.

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What’s next for Dustin Poirier

After his loss to Charles Oliveira at UFC 269, Poirier’s rank has fallen down to second in the UFC’s lightweight rankings.

A likely opponent for The Diamond’s next bout is the former title contender, Michael Chandler. Both Chandler and Poirier are coming off losses to title fights against Charles Oliveira.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Another opponent for Dustin is Nate Diaz. However, according to his latest tweet, the Stockton native isn’t ready to take him on. Who do you want to see Dustin Poirier take on next? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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