Rivals Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier were providing content gold for MMA media this past week, prompting one offshore betting shop to open up odds for a potential scrap between the two immensely popular fighters.
Diaz and Poirier were initially scheduled to collide in a lightweight contest at UFC 230 back in November of 2018. However, Poirier eventually pulled out of the bout to have surgery for an old injury.
In an interview a year or so later, Diaz gave his take on the cancelled fight, “When you sign up for war but don’t make it to the war, that’s a loss right there.”
Both men have taken shots at each other occasionally through the media or on social-media platforms over the past 2-3 years.
More recently in mid-July, Diaz called out Poirier, who was happy to reply.
The war of words via Twitter was sparked back up Wednesday when Poirier sent out the following tweet:
Diaz had no problem replying to ‘The Diamond.’
Then on Thursday, there was this exchange:
Finally, Diaz ended things (for now, that is) with this parting shot:
Poirier is supposed to fight Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira later this year for the Brazilian’s lightweight title. But that fight hasn’t been booked yet and it certainly isn’t inconceivable that Poirier might want to fight Diaz instead of Oliveira for financial reasons.
One would think that Poirier would probably make more in a fight against Diaz. Furthermore, he could then wait until Conor McGregor is recovered from his injury and face him for a fourth time.
In explaining why he turned down the fight with Oliveira to face McGregor in the trilogy bout last month, Poirier explained that he’s a prize fighter and the prize was bigger to face ‘The Notorious.’
If Poirier fights Oliveira and wins the belt, he’d likely miss out on a fourth McGregor scrap because there’s no way the UFC can give McGregor a title shot when he’s 1-3 in his last four fights, and he’s only won one fight (over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205) at 155 pounds — ever!
Therefore, facing and beating Oliveira could lock Poirier out of fights against both Diaz and McGregor.
Whatever the case, BetOnline opened Poirier as a -400 favorite vs. Diaz, who is a +300 underdog.
If Poirier chooses to go that route, Justin Gaethje could get an immediate title shot against Oliveira, especially if his UFC 268 showdown vs. Michael Chandler gets cancelled because Chandler isn’t going to be vaccinated (and wouldn’t be able to fight at UFC 268 if it is held at MSG in NYC).