Nate Diaz Returns to Take on Dustin Poirier in UFC 230 Co-Main Event

Nate Diaz is finally returning to the UFC octagon after more than two years away from the sport. Standing opposite him will be Dustin Poirier at Madison Square Garden on November 3rd per Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.

The welterweight firefight is expected to be the co-main event at UFC 230. As of now, no main event has been announced.

209’s Diaz (20-11) hasn’t been since his epic back to back grudge matches with Conor McGregor that earned him the paydays to sit out this long. Nate Diaz submitted the Irish star in their first fight which he took on just two weeks notice and then went on to lose the majority decision in the rematch. He’s clearly been waiting for the trilogy to come together but has finally decided he can’t wait around any longer

“The Diamond” Poirier (24-5) is enjoying a meteoric rise going 8-1-1 in his last 10 fights. He avenged the No Contest last Saturday by KO’ing Alvarez in the second round of the UFC Calgary main event.

Poirier is on an impressive bonus streak where he has three FOTN bonuses and a POTN bonus in his last four fights, which have included knockouts of former WSOF Champ Justin Gaethje and former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

UFC 230 is also set to have a rematch between former middleweight champions Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold as well as a plethora of other rumored Middleweight bouts including Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs Dave Branch, Yoel Romero vs Paulo Costa, and Derek Brunson vs Israel Adesanya

These fights and more are expected to be formally announced Friday at a UFC quarterly news conference at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.

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