UFC won't give Nate Diaz bout with Poirier as they don't want him facing a 'big name in last fight of his contract'
THE UFC won't let Nate Diaz face Dustin Poirier as he only has one fight left on his contract, it's been claimed.
The fan favourites agreed to face each other last month, with Poirier claiming this week that their long-awaited grudge match was close to coming to fruition.
Diaz, however, recently stated the UFC brass 'don't want' the fight, much to the disappointment of fans.
And former opponent Josh Thompson believes the promotion doesn't want to risk the TUF season five winner getting a marquee win before he enters free agency.
During a recent episode of his Weighing in Podcast with former ref John McCarthy, he said: “The UFC does not want to allow him [Nate Diaz] to fight a big name guy for the last fight on his contract.
"He wants to fight as soon as possible.
"We’ve talked about this a bunch of times, he wants to fight because he wants to get that last fight over with so he can either re-negotiate or just bounce out to boxing to fight somebody else, right? That’s what he wants to do.
"As soon as he comes out publicly and tells them, even privately, that he’s ready to fight, it’s on them.”
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Diaz, 36, is champing at the bit to tick off the final fight of his contract and see what lucrative offers are on the table.
But he insists former interim lightweight champ Poirier isn't 'worthy' of sharing the octagon with him.
Before the turn of the New Year, he tweeted: “You’re not worthy if you wanted to fight, we would have already.
"Bring yourself back from the dead you suck, DP.”
Diaz hasn't fought since his unanimous decision defeat to Brit Leon Edwards at UFC 263 last June.
Poirier, meanwhile, was last in action at UFC 269 against lightweight king Charles Oliveira, whom he suffered a third-round submission defeat to.
The Diamond hinted he could hang up his gloves after his second unsuccessful crack at undisputed UFC gold but has since performed a U-turn.
He recently told Teddy Atlas: "I've already looked myself in the mirror, spoke to my wife, my boxing coach [Dyah Davis], Mike Brown and they're behind me if I decide to take this fight.
"I looked in the mirror and I just felt good, I want to do it!"
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