According to the LA Times, one of MMA’s biggest stars will be returning on of the biggest UFC cards of the year.
Nate Diaz’s last fight was in August of 2016 against Conor McGregor. Since then, the lightweight star has said he wouldn’t come back until it was time for the trilogy fight against the Irish superstar. Having been out of action for so long, it appeared that was going to be the case. However, according to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times, Nate Diaz is returning against Dustin Poirer in the co-main event of New York’s UFC 230.
Dustin Poirer (24–5 (1)) has won four of his last five fights, and just defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC on Fox 30 in Calgary. He also boasts wins over Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis, and Jim Miller in that timeframe. Nate Diaz (19-11) on the other hand has won two of his last three and has a victory over Conor McGregor in one of the biggest upsets of 2016. He also co-starred on UFC 202, which broke the UFC’s PPV buyrate record thanks to the rematch between Diaz and McGregor. McGregor won that fight via majority decision.
Diaz vs. Poirier is reportedly scheduled to be the co-main on UFC 230, and depending how the rest of the card fills out could be bumped to the main event slot. Also scheduled to be on the card are a whole slew of middleweight bouts that include a rematch between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold, and a fight between Yoel Romero and the Brazilian prospect Paulo Costa.
Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirer as well as the Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold rematch are likely to be announced at a UFC seasonal news conference at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles this coming Friday.