Nate Diaz is back after some time off.
If you recall, UFC President Dana White dropped some major news on the episode of UFC Unfiltered a few months, which was the confirmation that they were planning Diaz versus Georges St-Pierre for the upcoming UFC 227 pay-per-view event.
However, those plans got scrapped. Now, Diaz is set to meet Dustin Poirier in a lightweight showdown at the upcoming UFC 230 pay-per-view event. The news was broken once the Los Angeles Times reported the matchup.
Diaz has not been seen in the Octagon since his rematch with McGregor back at UFC 202 when he suffered a majority decision loss which came five months after Diaz submitted McGregor in their first bout at UFC 196.
The UFC 230 pay-per-view event is set to take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York City.
The main card is slated to air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
This has been a long time coming for Diaz. The younger Diaz brother was in attendance for the Bellator 199 event on the Paramount Network at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, which was headlined by Ryan Bader securing a first-round knockout victory over Muhammed Lawal in the quarterfinals of the Bellator heavyweight tournament.
After the event, Diaz spoke with MMAJunkie about his desire to once again compete inside of the Octagon under the UFC banner.
“I’ve been trying to get in there and get going,” Diaz told MMAjunkie. “I’ve been wanting to get in there and get going this year. I just got this lawsuit out of the way that I’ve been going through for the last two years, so I wasn’t even able to fight. So that’s all done and over, and I’m ready to get back to fighting if I’m going to be fighting anymore. I’m training until there’s something good to do here.”
“There was a fight I asked them for, and now that (bout) that fell through, we’re back to square one,” said Diaz, who declined to identify his opponent request.
“What people don’t understand is that any fight I fight is going to be a money fight,” Diaz said. “I’m not waiting for anybody. I’m just waiting for a motherf-cker to do something. Let’s get a real fight going. I’m not going to be involved in no weak sh-t.”
The promotion will be announcing more bouts in the coming weeks but for now, here’s the updated card:
Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier
David Branch vs. Ronaldo Souza
Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero
Sultan Aliev vs. Lyman Good