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Nate Diaz reveals he's targeting December return after Poirier says he's selling 'wolf tickets' over UFC grudge match

UFC star Nate Diaz has revealed he's eyeing a December return to the octagon.

The Ultimate Fighter season five winner was last in action in June against Brit Leon Edwards in a five-round non-main-event bout at UFC 263 in Arizona.


Diaz, 36, suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Rocky and is champing at the bit to get back inside the cage.

On Wednesday, the former lightweight title challenger posted a photo of himself flexing to Instagram with the accompanying caption: "Defending in December."

Diaz's post came two days after former interim 155lb champ Dustin Poirier rubbished his claim the UFC have offered him the chance to settle their feud.

During an appearance on The MMA Hour, Poirier, 32, said: “Wolf tickets, Ariel. Wolf tickets.

“You know how these negotiations go, unless they’re talking to him, nothing’s been offered to me.

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“I haven’t spoken to the UFC. I can’t say the same thing for Nate. But like I said, I think they will call me soon.”

Diaz and Poirier were due to throw down three years ago in the co-main event of UFC 230 in New York.

But their Madison Square Garden showdown ended up falling through as the UFC brass refused to meet Diaz's demands.

The pair have had several backs and forths over the ensuing years, which have left Poirier itching to share the octagon with the Stockton slugger.

He told UFC commentator Joe Rogan: “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."

Defending in December

The Diamond added: "Me and him were supposed to fight at Madison Square Garden.

“I kind of was the fall guy – he gets to point and say I pulled out of the fight and I did.

"I went to get stem cells done on my hip.

“But I was going to fight, I was going to go through a camp and fight him if they wouldn’t have started offering me other replacement opponents.

"Nate was playing games with the UFC, UFC started offering me opponents.

"And I said, ‘Look guys, if this is happening, I’m just going to have my hip taken care of.’

"He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to fight.”

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