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Dustin Poirier open to boxing Nate Diaz ‘undecided’ on UFC future – Sportsnet.ca

Dustin Poirier said it was likely his last time competing after UFC 302, but the fan favorite said Wednesday that his desire to fight again has only grown as he moves on from his fifth-round submission defeat to Islam Makhachev.

“My wife wants me to stop, my daughter wants me to stop, but I know I can beat these guys. That’s the thing,” Poirier told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “They want me to go home. They want me to have a routine. My wife doesn’t want me to get any more hurt. … I’m on the fence (about fighting again). If something exciting, a big risk, a big deal comes along that’s worth it, I’d probably take it.”

What about a boxing match with Nate Diaz? Would that be the kind of challenge Poirier would be interested in?

“I would fight Nate,” he said when asked about a possible attempt in the boxing ring against the former UFC superstar, who has recently moved on to a different combat sport.

Diaz is coming off a 10-round decision win over former UFC rival and Poirier’s longtime American Top Team teammate Jorge Masvidal last weekend, when the pair headlined a boxing event in California. Diaz also boxed Jake Paul in August 2023, losing by unanimous decision.

“I thought it was close,” Poirier said of Diaz’s victory over Poirier. “I thought Jorge landed the bigger shots. Nate’s volume did the trick and won the rounds. I think the judges gave him a lot of rounds because of (the volume).

“I think I would whip him.”

Dustin Poirier open to boxing Nate Diaz ‘undecided’ on UFC future – Sportsnet.ca

Poirier is currently under contract with the UFC, but Masvidal technically is under contract as well and would still be allowed to box with Diaz.

“I would love to. It would be fun and exciting,” Poirier said. “I’ve been doing MMA for a while now. I still love the training camps and the fighting, but spending the whole training camp just boxing would be a lot less stressful on my body. No wrestling, no jiu-jitsu. It would be boxing, running, swimming. Those are the fun things.”

Poirier, 35, specifically stated that he would rather have a boxing match with Diaz, 39, than a mixed martial arts bout at this point in their careers.

“I don’t think the UFC would do business with him,” Poirier explained. “The last time I talked to the UFC about Nate, it was about to happen, then it fell apart again… and they told me they didn’t want to do business with him anymore, so that’s why.”

Poirier explained that this happened before Diaz fought Paul.

The long-time lightweight duo, who both have notable rivalries with Conor McGregor, have never fought in the UFC despite sharing many common opponents and fighting at the same time. They were scheduled to face each other at UFC 230 in 2018, but that never happened.

Poirier also revealed that he agreed to fight Diaz with about 24 hours notice amid the frenzy leading up to UFC 279 nearly two years ago.

Diaz was originally scheduled to face Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279, but Chimaev missed weight in an unprofessional manner and the UFC made a last-minute facelift to that card. Diaz eventually defeated Tony Ferguson that night in September 2022 and has not competed in MMA since.

Poirier is 0-3 as he competes for undisputed UFC titles and another run for UFC gold in the 155-pound division, Piorier said: “I don’t know if I have it in me, but a training camp or two training camps, a big fight, I can probably do it. I just want to be excited.”