Two of Conor McGregor’s biggest rivals in UFC career ‘accept short-notice fight’

Conor McGregor's biggest UFC rivals Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier are set for a short-notice fight.

The pair are the only men to have fought McGregor more than once since he first stepped into the Octagon.

Diaz has one win and one loss against him with a trilogy bout eagerly anticipated by fans, while Poirier reigned victorious against the Notorious twice last year after first losing to him in 2014.

Both have been touted as potential opponents once more for McGregor upon his return, but it looks as though they could finally face each other after their 2018 UFC 230 meeting had to be scrapped.

Poirier told The Fight with Teddy Atlas: "I’m not holding my tongue. It is Nate Diaz. I’m not going to say what card, I’m not going to say a date.

"This guy really fights and I’m a fan of his. He said something like ‘let’s do it’, I said yes. Now I’m just waiting on him.

"Honestly – another thing that kinda got that flame going is a couple of days ago, I got a phone call – but I can’t talk about it.

"It’s a very short notice thing. Something I would hate to do is stack things against myself and take a fight on short notice, but, we’ll see what happens, man.

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"I don’t want to give too much because I don’t know what I can say. No contract has been signed yet, but if this goes go through, I’m gonna take it."

Poirier, who lost to Charles Oliveira in a lightweight title fight last month, would be making the move up to welterweight.

However, 'The Diamond' may have to wait to do so, even though the UFC were attempting to get the fight made for an early 2022 card.

According to MMA Fighting, plans to book Poirier vs Diaz for the upcoming pay-per-views in January or February have been abandoned.

Diaz himself responded on Twitter, writing: "I just talked to the ufc I said wassup with the Dp fight I wanna fight asap but they said dustin sucks and they don’t want it.

"Sorry Dustin you suck hope to fight asap tho let’s do this. Ps Olivera you suck too."

He has been absent since UFC 263 in June last year having not been able to find an opponent for the final fight of his contract.

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