While the UFC may have made the official announcement, Nate Diaz remains on the fence about his scheduled fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 230. The younger Diaz brother has been sending out cryptic tweets, stating how he remains non-committal about this said booking.
From his end, however, Poirier remains assured that the fight will go as planned, as he thinks these are all just part of Diaz’s usual antics.
“I mean, as far as I know, I think I’m the one fighting the guy,” Poirier told Luke Thomas on The MMA Hour on Monday (via MMA Fighting). “If something changed, I think they would have let me know. I haven’t heard anything.”
“Nate says a lot of stuff, but when he signs a fight contract, I don’t really know of any times that he’s not shown up to fight or pulled out of a fight. He says a lot of stuff and does a lot of stuff in the media between fights, but when he signs a contract, the guy shows up and puts it all on the line every time.”
Poirier says he would have chosen to wait to fight the winner of the upcoming lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 229 this October. Instead, he chose to be more active, which is why he agreed on the Diaz fight.
“If the UFC told me that, ‘Yeah, you’re going to fight for the belt in four months,’ I could’ve waited four or five months,” Poirier said. “But the way it looks, Conor and Khabib are going to fight towards the end of the year, then I don’t know what’s going to happen, when the belt’s going to be defended again, and you never know what’s going to happen, man, so I don’t want to wait 10 months.”
“I want to stay busy and this fight made a lot of sense to me.”
UFC 230 will serve as the company’s New York City card, an annual event that takes place towards the end of the year. It is scheduled for November 3rd at Madison Square Garden. The card’s headliner fight has yet to be announced.