KEY POINTS

  • Nate Diaz wants to fight Dustin Poirier
  • Diaz reacts to Conor McGregor's loss to Poirier
  • Poirier is open to facing McGregor and Diaz, but not Michael Chandler

Dustin Poirier has put himself in a position where other UFC lightweights now want in order to see how good he is.

One person who wants to find out is Nate Diaz, ironically a former Conor McGregor opponent who also pulled a shocker when he won against the Irishman in 2016 at UFC 196.

The 35-year-old had already hinted that he wanted to fight the winner of the Poirier vs. McGregor clash at UFC 257. With “The Diamond” coming out on top with a knockout win that shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world, Diaz is calling out the American Top Team representative.

Nate Diaz put up a post on social media to issue a challenge on the 32-year-old Diaz. His post read: “I’m training to whoop your a** next.  Be about it, don’t talk about it.”

Poirier is interested in either a rematch with McGregor or facing Diaz next. But right now, he is unsure what lies ahead.

“I mean, a rematch with Conor interests me,” Poirier said during the UFC 257 post-fight press conference. “[I’ve] always wanted to whip Nate Diaz’s a**, that interests me.”

For now, Poirier wants to enjoy a well-earned rest before deciding on who his next cage foe would be. But one name he is not interested in fighting is Michael Chandler who won in the co-main event over Dan Hooker.

Instead, Poirier felt that Chandler should face Charles Oliveira.

“I’m sure something will make sense. But just right now, I don’t know. Me and Conor are 1-1, Nate Diaz got away and likes to talk a lot of s*** online. But I just got to go back home and we’ll see,” Poirer said.

As for Diaz, he also took a swipe at McGregor after the Irishman’s UFC 257 loss. It was unsurprising considering both fighters have a colorful history between them.

McGregor vs. Poirier In this handout image provided by the UFC, Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island Photo: Getty Images | Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

“These guys all get finished all the time,” Diaz stated in another Twitter post.

Also worth considering is that Khabib Nurmagomedov remains the UFC lightweight division champion. Though currently retired, he could also be another figure that UFC president Dana White may inject in the fold.

But before that can happen, “The Eagle” needs to come out of retirement first.