Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier booked for UFC 230 in New York

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Turns out Dustin Poirier won’t wait for a title shot, after all. Instead, “The Diamond” will welcome back Nate Diaz from a lengthy layoff.

Late Thursday night, the Los Angeles Times reported the matchup will take place at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York. MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the booking with multiple people with knowledge of the matchup. They requested anonymity since an official announcement hasn’t been made but is expected Friday at a press conference in Los Angeles.

Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) hasn’t competed since UFC 202 in August 2016 when he lost a second welterweight encounter against Conor McGregor by majority decision. The fight was an immediate rematch of a UFC 196 encounter in March 2016, which Diaz won with a stunning second-round submission.

The 33-year-old Diaz hasn’t competed in the lightweight division in nearly three years. The UFC was targeting him to fight Georges St-Pierre at UFC 227 this weekend, but the fight couldn’t be made. Now he goes back down to 155 pounds to fight one of the top-ranked contenders in the weight class.

Poirier (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC), No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, fight for the fourth time in 12 months when he takes on Diaz. “The Diamond” has won three consecutive event headliners by knockout, stopping former UFC champ Anthony Pettis, former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje and, most recently at UFC on FOX 30 last weekend, former UFC and Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez.

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