UFC president Dana White has revealed the promotion has held contract talks with Nate Diaz.
Nate Diaz currently has one fight left on his UFC contractCredit: GETTY
And White has revealed the UFC recently had a meeting with the TUF season five winnerCredit: AP
The UFC were keen on booking a bout between Diaz and fan favourite Dustin Poirier but have moved onCredit: GETTY
The UFC brass, however, are keen to tie Diaz down to a new deal and recently held talks with the Ultimate Fighter season five winner to try to convince him to put pen to paper.
During the UFC 273 post-fight press conference, White said: “We met with Nate last week.
“I don’t know where we ended up with it [as] I just popped in and said hi.
“But I don’t know [what’s next for him]. We’ll figure it out.”
UFC chiefs were hoping to have book ex-TUF star Diaz in a grudge match with former interim lightweight champ Dustin Poirier.
Putting together the dust-up, however, has proven to be more difficult than first anticipated for White and UFC’s matchmakers.
White and Co. have decided to move from the match-up, saying when asked if they’ve decided to look at other fights for the pair: “Yeah.”
When pressed to name potential opponents, White laughed as he said: “No.”
Diaz, 36, hasn’t fought since his unanimous decision defeat to Brit Leon Edwards at UFC 263 last June.
Poirier, meanwhile, suffered a heartbreaking third-round submission loss to lightweight champ Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 last December.
The duo – who regularly trade jibes on social media – were due to fight one another nearly four years ago at UFC 230.
A hip injury for Poirier, however, laid waste to the bout – although the Diamond is still hellbent on trading blows with the youngest Diaz brother.
During an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast last January, he said: “I think before I’m done fighting, I’m going to fight 170.
“I’ll go up to 170 and fight Nate. For sure. I do because of the way it fell apart.”