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Poirier Claims Diaz Was “Hard To Deal With” During 230 Negotiations

Nate Diaz Dustin Poirier

Although the pair are no longer scheduled to fight at UFC 230, the verbal battle between Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier appears to be heating up week by week.

The lightweight rivals have been hitting out at one another constantly on Twitter, with the proposed bout being cancelled due to a hip injury to Poirier.

The Diamond spoke to the MMA Hour last week and outlined the difficulties that seemed to constantly be affecting the potential fight before it was eventually called off, claiming that Diaz was the root of most of the issues.

Nate Diaz Dustin Poirier

“They wanted to switch it to five rounds, man, it was just so messed up dude,” Poirier said.

“Nate was being hard to deal with, I believe. Every weight class they offered it at 155 and he wanted 160 and I agreed to that. He kind of negotiated himself out of a main-event spot. They offered us the main event, I accepted, Nate over-negotiated, they lost the main event, it was just back-to-back days of him trying to have his way, honestly.”

Poirier also outlined how he wasn’t going to make pay-per-view points off the fight regardless of where it was situated on the card and criticised many of the fans who claimed he “blew” his “big payday.”

“A lot of these fans are blowing me up on social media saying you blew an opportunity, your big payday and stuff like that, they don’t understand how contracts work,” Poirier said.

“I don’t get PPV points to fight Nate Diaz. I don’t know what anyone thinks is going on here, but, I took this fight not because it was a big-money fight, but because it was a big opportunity. It’s a huge headache with all the stuff that he was playing.”

The cancellation of the fight was disappointing for many fans who had been looking forward to seeing two of the UFC’s most exciting fighters square off at UFC 230.

Even though the UFC opted not to give Diaz a replacement fight, Poirier was keen to outline that despite the Stockton native being hard work in negotiations, he would still be keen to fight him somewhere down the line.

“Like I said, so much stuff went on behind the scenes, even if everything went smooth, I’m not sure if this fight would have even went through with this guy,” Poirier opined. “But if the UFC wants it, I’m down. If they can make it happen, I’m down.”

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