It has now been confirmed that Nate Diaz (20-11-0), after two years out of MMA competition, returns this year at UFC 230 to fight against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirer (24–5–0, 1 NC) at the prestigious Madison Square Garden Arena, New York.
The Stockton favourite went on hiatus, clinging on to the chance a rubber match between him and Conor Mcgregor was in the pipeline. He must have now had a change of heart, or the purse must be right as Diaz is confirmed to fight against Poirer.
While the reason for the acceptance is yet to be unknown, this fight is set to be one of many matches in the fall to close out out the UFC’s financial year strong.
Poirier, the 29-year-old Louisiana-born gains further momentum with a four-fight win streak by smashing the competition against former WSOF champion Justin Gaethje, former UFC lightweight champions Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and former lightweight kingpin Eddie Alvarez.
With the fighting style of these two guys, both in their prime and liking to throw leather inside the cage, fans are surely going to be excited. Not mention, Diaz doesn’t mind speaking his mind outside of the cage making for some entertaining press conference and pre-fight media, and Poirier seems to be also finding his feet with this part of the business too.
This is a much-needed boost to help the UFC retract from the current criticism they are facing around a lack of valuable matchups.