Nate Diaz shoots down Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier

When is Nate Diaz returning to the Octagon? That’s the magic question, especially now that he’s shot down both a Conor McGregor trilogy and a possible fight with Dustin Poirier.

Although Diaz tweeted that he would like to fight in January, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

Will there ever be a Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 3?

Diaz and McGregor have both insisted that they will meet again at the Octagon at some point to complete their trilogy. However, the fight does not seem in sight in the short term.

The two first met on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196. Diaz came on for Rafael dos Anjos at the last minute. He pissed off McGregor and sent him rear-naked choke in the second round.

They returned to the cage about five months later on August 20th. McGregor won the honor at the UFC 202 main event and scored a majority victory that cemented their rivalry.

A fight between McGregor and Diaz 3 would attract huge audiences and massive paydays for both fighters, but with McGregor currently injured, it is unlikely to happen for any time. Diaz poured even more water on the fire by stating that he wasn’t just waiting for McGregor to heal, he was earning his way back into the fight.

“I don’t fight Conor until his leg grows back and he beats some people so we know he can fight,” Diaz wrote on Twitter. “Can I get the January UFC card by then?”

Why isn’t Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier a deal?

If Diaz wants a fight in January then why isn’t a fight with Poirier already inked?

Poirier has said that he wants the fight and has agreed to the fight, but has admitted that it will not take place in January.

“Maybe they couldn’t make it to UFC 271 at 270. I said yes,” wrote Poirier on Twitter when asked about a possible fight with Diaz.

Diaz doesn’t sound like the UFC was ready to go along with his demands to make the fight possible, however, and shot at Poirier in the process.

“The UFC doesn’t want to pay (you Dustin Poirier). Sorry (you) shit. Loser.”

Who is Nate Diaz fighting next?

That’s a great question without much answer. While Nate Diaz and his brother Nick have done a good job over the years building a solid fan base, none are really in a position to ask for more than a battle of interests.

Nick returned to the Octagon at UFC 266 on September 25, 2021 and lost to Robbie Lawler via TKO. He has now lost 3 of his last 4 fights, with the other fight being a no contest. The no contest resulted from what was originally a defeat for Anderson Silva. The fight was changed to a no contest when Silva tested positive for steroids (drostanolone and androsterone) and Diaz tested positive for marijuana.

Nate didn’t do any better. He is 4-6 in his last 10 fights dating back to 2012. Nate returned on June 12, 2021 from a year and a half hiatus during which he lost a five-round decision to Leon Edwards. It was his second loss in a row and the third loss in his last four fights.

Dustin Poirier and Jorge Masvidal are the best options

Who will Nate Diaz fight next? It will likely be Poirier or a runback with Jorge Masvidal, whom he lost in the infamous BMF title fight.

The biggest fight for Diaz would be McGregor, but the Irishman is out of action for quite a while after breaking his leg against Poirier in mid-2021. If Diaz is to fight anytime soon, he will have to come to terms with Poirier, which would give him the highest-ranking opposition. However, a rematch with Masvidal would likely be his next biggest tie with McGregor incapacitated.

Diaz’s earliest return to the Octagon is UFC 271, which takes place February 12 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

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