Dustin Poirier was scheduled to do battle with Nate Diaz last November at UFC 230, but ‘The Diamond’ was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.
Speaking to ESPN in a recent interview, however, Poirier, who will challenge Max Holloway for the interim lightweight title at the upcoming UFC 236 PPV on April 13, said he made the decision to pull out after being messed around by a non-committal Diaz.
“I had a hip injury that I was training through, and then when he kept playing around, playing games, and [the UFC] started talking about replacement opponents and stuff, then we were like ‘ok, let’s go get this hip fixed,’” Poirier said, per BJPenn.com’s Tom Taylor.
Diaz, however, insists Poirier ‘bitched’ out of the fight.
Poirier is still open to a fight against Diaz, but says the Stockton slugger needs to get ‘real’ and practise what he preaches.
“Be real,” he said of Diaz. “Be real, man. Tell the truth. Tell them how you were playing games [ahead of UFC 230], how you over-negotiated, how you didn’t take the main event spot when the UFC offered it to us.
“They were offering me different opponents, maybe a backup cause they knew Nate was out of the fight,” he continued. “So much stuff happened. Look, maybe me and Nate will cross paths one day, I don’t know. But just be real, dude. You preach all this stuff, practice what you preach, man. Be real, tell the truth.”
Right now, Poirier has his hands full with Max Holloway, who he meets in UFC 236 main event at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The highly anticipated pay-per-view takes place on April 13.