Dustin Poirier Envisions Knockout Win Over Nate Diaz
By Ross Markey
Former UFC interim lightweight champion, Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier, is continuing his campaign to stand opposite Nate Diaz in the Octagon this year – and even went as far as to predict a knockout win over the Stockton fan-favourite.
Poirier, who is currently recovering from hip surgery, is planning a return to active-competition in April at the earliest – having lost to undisputed lightweight best, Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September last year.
The Lafayette striker has been paired with Nate Diaz before – with their scheduled bout at UFC 230 falling to the wayside, as Poirier continued to struggle with a hip injury.
Nate Diaz, who ended a three-year hiatus last August – put on a pressure clinic against Anthony Pettis on his way to a unanimous decision win, before a UFC 244 doctor’s stoppage defeat in his BMF championship clash with, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal.
Tension appears to be at an all-time high between the two boxing based fighters, with Diaz garnering a response from Poirier in a rare tweet yesterday.
‘Stop it Nathan.’
For Diaz, the 34-year-old was clear regarding his intentions to re-run his anticlimactic defeat to the previously mentioned Masvidal last year – but with the apparent heat surrounding a potential matchup with Poirier, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist may be tempted to share the Octagon with the American Top Team mainstay – especially with Poirier’s idea of scoring a knockout victory.
‘I see me knocking him out.’