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Dustin Poirier regrets not fighting Nate Diaz while he was in the UFC


Dustin Poirier has spent his career chasing world titles, so he's never been particularly focused on a single opponent, though there is at least one fight he'd like to have that appears unlikely to happen.


After his fight against Nate Diaz was called off in 2018, Poirier pursued it again. Despite his best efforts, the fight never materialized.


Diaz is now set to leave the UFC in free agency after completing his last contract, casting doubt on his ability to compete in the promotion again, let alone face Poirier across the cage.


While it isn't something that consumes him, Poirier admits he wishes the Diaz fight had occurred before his exit from the UFC.


“I’ve always wanted to fight Nate,” Poirier said during UFC 280 media day. “We tried to make it happen a few times. It always fell apart. It sucks that he’s gone now, and I won’t get that chance to fight him. But it is what it is, the sport moves on.”


While Diaz may be the one who got away, Poirier, despite two wins over the former two-division UFC champion, rarely escapes questions about potentially facing off against Conor McGregor again.


McGregor has recently gained weight while filming his role in the upcoming Road House reboot. There have been no indications of when he might compete again. McGregor has also been removed from the UFC's anti-doping program, which means he must undergo six months of drug testing before booking a fight.


Having said that, Poirier doesn't appear to be interested in running it back with McGregor. He's already been there and done that, and his goals in the sport are different than chasing another fight with the Irish superstar.


"I'm not sure," Poirier said when asked if he would fight McGregor again. "In this sport, you never know. I'm not sure if he'll return or what weight class he'll compete in. Never say never, but it doesn't appear to be in the near future. We'll see what happens. I had three fights with him. I'm looking for the


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