Dustin Poirier: “Nate Diaz Would Show Up If The Contract Is Signed”
Dustin Poirier shocked the world defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC On Fox 30. The Diamond than claimed that he is not interested in anything but a UFC Lightweight Title shot. But a few days later, he accepted the co-main event of UFC 230 versus Nate Diaz. (via MMAMania.com)
”These guys are fighting in October, no telling when the belt’s going to be defended again,” Poirier explained on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show. “I don’t want to wait 8 or 9 months for a title shot. I’ll just keep earning it, keep winning, and getting better.”
Dustin Poirier doesn’t believe Diaz would pull out of their fight. He defends Nate Diaz, saying he was upset at the press conference.
”I don’t believe the fight’s in jeopardy, no,” he said. “I would have heard something. I have the bout agreement in my inbox, I’m about to sign it and send it off, so everything is moving forward like it was supposed to after the press conference. I think he was just upset with coming out to a press conference and then them advertising another fight, talking about Conor like he was there, when the guy’s not even present. I think he just felt disrespected.”
In the end, Dustin Poirier claims Diaz brothers always show up. He also added Nate Diaz is a reliable person.
”So long as he shows up November 3rd, you know? I’m not sure if he’s signed a contract yet, but he’s a guy that follows through. I don’t think him or his brother have ever pulled out of a fight with an injury or not shown up when they said they’d show up. What happens between fights and in the build up of fights is another thing, but when he signs a contract and commits to a date, he’s always shown up.”
We’re about to see whether Dustin Poirier was right.