Dustin Poirier has vowed to "touch up" Nate Diaz after the California native called him out for a fight, with the caveat being that it take place two weight classes up from Poirier's preferred lightweight.
Diaz made a wild challenge to Poirier for a fight, almost three years after the pair were supposed to fight in New York, but he wants the bout to take place at middleweight.
Poirier is the No.1 contender for the lightweight title, and is slated to fight Charles Oliveira for the belt later this year, but Diaz wants him to tack on more than two stone and face him instead.
But when Diaz shared a photo of the pair squaring off ahead of their initially planned 2018 meeting with the caption "185lbs pull-up" on Twitter, Poirier was quick to reply
The Louisiana native told Diaz in a response: "I'd touch you up at any weight," and fans are now excited at the prospect of a match-up between the two veterans.
However, it seems highly unlikely that Poirier would once again forego a title fight, having already said no to a chance at the belt when the other option was a trilogy with Conor McGregor.
Both men have fought McGregor more than once, with Diaz having beaten him in 2016 before losing their rematch a few months later.
Poirier was stopped in the first round of his initial bout with the legendary two-weight world champion, but won their second and third fights.
He knocked McGregor out in their rematch this January at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, and his rival suffered a broken leg that cost him their trilogy on Saturday night at UFC 264.
There is no date set in stone for his upcoming lightweight title fight with Oliveira, with Poirier saying he needs to decompress before making any future plans.
“I need to go home and decompress,” Poirier said at a press conference on Saturday night after his win over McGregor.
“I don’t know the schedule for the UFC, what they’re planning on doing at the end of the year.
"I know someone told me earlier that Charles wanted to fight me in December, so we’ll see, we’ll figure everything out.
"I just want to get home to my family.”
Poirier was offered a chance at the lightweight belt after beating McGregor in January once it was made clear that Khabib Nurmagomedov would be vacating.
But he opted to take on the Irishman one more time, citing financial reasons for choosing the less competitively noteworthy matchup.
In the meantime, Oliveira faced Michael Chandler for the strap in May at UFC 262, winning the belt with a second round knockout of the promotional newcomer.
And Poirier has said that he has respect for the Brazilian given his ability to come back from adversity to win gold.
“I don’t know him personally, but his work history, I can’t hate on anything he’s done," Poirier told reporters.
"It’s incredible, that’s tougher to do than to go undefeated because you never learn things about yourself.
"You learn things about yourself in those losses and climbing back to the top and getting motivated again.
"That’s when you find out you’re a real fighter.
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