In a rather surprising move, it looks like Stockton’s own Nate Diaz will finally make his long awaited return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship against lightweight contender Dustin Poirier in the co-main event at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden. The fight was first reported by the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.
Diaz has not competed since UFC 202 in August 2016 when he lost in his rematch with Irish superstar Conor McGregor by majority decision. In that fight, Diaz was reportedly compensated quite handsomely and has decided to remain on the sidelines until he was able to land another high-paying fight.
It seems the lure of the pay-per-view card in New York City which also features a high profile rematch between middleweight contenders Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman was enough to bring the 33 year-old Diaz back into competition.
That Poirier accepted the fight after telling reporters that he’d only pick up the phone for a title fight is welcome news for fans, as the two seem to offer a very exciting style matchup. Considering how congested the upper echelon of the lightweight division is and that Diaz’s name value may guarantee a large pay-per-view buy rate, it may have been an easy decision for Poirier.
“The Diamond” is coming off a career best performance at UFC Calgary last weekend when he knocked out former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
UFC 230 is also rumored to feature another crucial middleweight fight between the surging Brazilian Paulo Costa and the former title challenger Yoel Romero although Romero has reportedly not signed the contract yet.