‘Let’s get this fight cracking so I can get out of the game’: Nate Diaz calls out Dustin Poirier and urges Dana White to set up fight so he can RETIRE from UFC
- Nate Diaz wants to fight Dustin Poirier before retiring from UFC
- American hasn’t fought since losing by unanimous decision in UFC 263 in June
- Poirier and Diaz were meant to fight in 2018 but bout never materialised
- The two fighters have been involved in a war of words ever since
UFC star Nate Diaz has vowed to retire from the sport after fighting Dustin Poirier.
The American, who has a 20-13 record in MMA, hasn’t fought since suffering a defeat by unanimous decision in UFC 263 in June last year against Leon Edwards.
Diaz has one fight left on his current UFC contract and hasn’t been shy about his desire to take on Poirier, the former interim lightweight champion who holds a 28-7 MMA record.
Nate Diaz said he wants to fight Dustin Poirier before hanging up his gloves and retiring
The duo were originally scheduled to fight in 2018 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, but the bout never materialised and Diaz and Poirier have been engaged in a war of words ever since.
Speaking to TMZ Sports on Saturday, Diaz called for UFC boss Dana White to organise the fight and suggested Poirier had been avoiding him.
‘I would like to fight Dustin Poirier. Like now. Like I’ve been trying to. If there’s any mix-up it’s him, and them, and the game,’ the 36-year-old said.
Diaz hasn’t fought since losing by unanimous decision in UFC 263 against Leon Edwards
The American lost on points after being comprehensively outfought in the first four rounds
Poirier lost via submission to Charles Oliveira in UFC 269 in December last year
‘I want the fight now. What’s up Dana White? Let’s get this retirement fight cracking so I can get out of this fight game. I’m done with it.’
When asked whether he felt confident of his prospect of beating Poirier, Diaz replied: ‘He ain’t doing s*** to me. I’ll tell ya that much.’
Last month, Poirier said he was excited by the prospect of fighting Diaz.
‘When I’ve been laying down thinking about fights, nothing gets me excited — unless Nate Diaz wants to fight,’ he said during an appearance on The MMA Hour.
‘If he wants to fight, that gets me excited. But all these other guys like even the new guys, and whoever it is, maybe a name will [get me excited] whenever I hear it, but nothing [right now].