Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz Early Betting Odds Released

Heather Diaz
August 6, 2018

Nate Diaz will return to the UFC octagon after more than a two-year absence November 3 at Madison Square Garden for an expected firefight of a stand-up bout against destructive puncher Dustin Poirier, the Los Angeles Times learned Thursday.

The fight against Poirier in three-months time will be Diaz's first in the lightweight division in almost three years and he will now take on one of the top-ranked contenders in the weight class.

This will be Diaz's first fight since his pair of tilts with Conor McGregor in 2016.

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. This will be Diaz' first lightweight bout in nearly three years.

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Diaz, meanwhile, will have a chance to prove he can be a draw without McGregor, with his two fights against the former lightweight champion generating a combined 2.9 million pay-per-view buys.

Louisiana's Poirier has fought six times since Diaz's last outing, going 4-1, with one no contest. He most recently knocked out Eddie Alvarez at UFC Calgary on Saturday night, which took his lightweight run to eight wins in his last 10 fights, with notable wins against Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis and Jim Miller. The last time the pair met, Rockhold defeated New York's Weidman by fourth-round technical knockout to capture the middleweight belt at Las Vegas in December 2015.

The fights will be officially announced on Friday (August 3) during a UFC seasonal news conference at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.

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