Shortly after Dustin Poirier was forced out of his co-main event fight against Nate Diaz -- which was set to go down at UFC 230 on Nov. 3, 2018 in New York -- the Stockton slugger was yanked from the event altogether.
Now, Diaz has his sights set on bigger and better things, telling ESPN’s Ariel Helwani he’ll just go straight to the top of the totem pole in his return to the Octagon.
“I’ll just fight Khabib when he’s ready,” he said.
While you can’t fault him for aiming high, getting the championship fight against Nurmagomedov could prove to be a tough task. The aforementioned Poirier is actually closer to a title fight than Nate, and if his injury isn’t too severe, his spot likely won’t be taken from him.
Furthermore, Tony Ferguson is also waiting in the wings after he picked up a win over Anthony Pettis at last weekend’s UFC 229 event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Speaking of UFC 229, it is still highly-possible that the promotion opts to stage an instant rematch between “The Eagle” and Conor McGregor.
Still, everyone has to wait and see just what kind of punishment Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) levies against Khabib for his part in the UFC 229 post-fight melee (see it) before they starting training for the champ.
If and when a fight between Khabib and Diaz ever sees the light of day, UFC won’t have a shortage of backstory and brawl footage to use to promote their rivalry. It’s not like the company is opposed to using “disgusting” footage to build up a fight.