- Dustin Poirier beat Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 257 this past Saturday.
- UFC President Dana White claims that Nate Diaz is interested in returning to the lightweight division.
- Many fans around the world are now calling for Poirier vs. Diaz to take place this year.
This past Saturday, Dustin Poirier shocked the world by knocking Conor McGregor out in the second round. The win likely earned him a shot at the lightweight championship of the world. It appears he may have his next opponent lined up, as well. Many now are calling to see Diaz vs. Poirier taking place later this year.
Nate Diaz is one of the UFC’s biggest stars. He seems determined to make a return to the lightweight division and has begun openly challenging Dustin Poirier. Today, we’ll talk about why this would be a huge success for the UFC.
Let’s get into it!
Dustin Poirier Establishes Himself as the Best Lightweight in the World
This past weekend, the UFC’s lightweight division was turned on its head. This card was headlined by Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, two elite strikers looking for a title shot. Prior to the fight, most felt that Conor would easily secure the win and move on to a title bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
All UFC betting sites listed Conor as the significant favorite heading into fight night. It wasn’t a surprise, as he already held a knockout win over Poirier dating back to 2014. He appeared in tremendous shape and vowed to secure a 60-second knockout win over “The Diamond.”
Dustin Poirier had other plans. He took Conor’s best shots in the first round and began turning up the pressure with powerful calf kicks in the second. Mid-way through the round, he landed a counter hook and unloaded on Conor with strikes against the cage. Eventually, he dropped the former double-champ and finished him with strikes on the ground.
This win solidified Poirier as the best active lightweight fighter on the planet. With Khabib Nurmagomedov retired, Dustin seems like the uncrowned champion. He seems to feel the same and is now looking for his next challenger.
There are several names being considered. That includes Charles Oliveira, Justin Gaethje, and Tony Ferguson. The UFC has yet to formally announce who will be competing for the lightweight title next, though.
Nate Diaz is now throwing his name into the mix. He has a history with Poirier and now feels that he has what it takes to earn a win over the new number-one fighter in the lightweight division.
We Might See Diaz vs. Poirier Taking Place This Summer
Nate Diaz has always been a big name in the UFC. He has taken on some of the best fighters at lightweight and welterweight over the years. His biggest fights came against Conor McGregor back in 2016.
After losing in a “BMF” title fight against Jorge Masvidal back in 2019, he stepped away from the sport. Some felt we’d never see Nate fighting in the UFC again. It seems the new situation at lightweight has lit a fire in him, though, and he’s now training to compete again.
Nate is gunning for a fight against Dustin Poirier. As many know, these two men were expected to compete back in 2018, yet things ultimately fell through. After the event this weekend, Nate gave his take on the lightweight title picture via his Twitter account.
U and Dp just got choked on ur face the other day by a guy that ran off and didn’t want none especially wit me ? , how u gonna fight for a title?
I been here 14 years and no one can do me like that ever in life ..?
lol lightweight division
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 25, 2021
Many now feel that Diaz vs. Poirier is the perfect fight to make in the lightweight division. If Poirier wins, it could establish himself as the true best lightweight on the planet with a win over a real superstar like Nate Diaz. A loss could set Diaz up for the massive trilogy fight against Conor McGregor.
It’s a fun time for the lightweight division. Just about everyone is curious to see how things shake out here. There’s no telling who will end up being the champion of this weight class by the time 2021 ends.
There are some incredible fights taking place in the near future, too. Let’s take a look at some of them!
Top Fights Taking Place in 2021’s First Quarter
The UFC has already kicked off 2021 in a big way. The recent event featuring Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier was one of the biggest in recent memory. Early estimates indicate that this event sold an incredible 1.6 million Pay-Per-View buys.
UFC 257’s results may not have been exactly what the UFC was looking for. In reality, the promotion likely would have preferred Conor McGregor to win. Dustin Poirier is becoming a star, however, and it seems like we already have some huge fights with him in the future.
On February 13, UFC 258 is set to go down at the Apex Center in Las Vegas. This card is headlined by a welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns. BetOnline lists Usman as the -265 favorite. Burns comes in as the +225 underdog.
A month later, the UFC is set to host UFC 259. It features a main event between Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz competing for the light-heavyweight championship. If Adesanya wins, we could see him taking on Jon Jones sometime in the future.
There are several massive fights already planned for 2021. Many now hope we’ll see Diaz vs. Poirier announced soon. The lead-up to this fight alone would be amazing.
Who do you want to see Dustin Poirier fight next? Which fight are you most looking forward to in 2021? Let us know in the comments section below!