Dustin Poirier now favored to beat Nate Diaz at UFC 230


The UFC has booked a fight between Diaz and lightweight Dustin Poirier at UFC 230 on November 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, sources told ESPN on Thursday night. Diaz would lose by majority decision after winning their first meeting at UFC 196 via submission.

Stockton's Diaz (20-11) has participated in the main event of two of the most lucrative UFC pay-per-view cards in history, first by taking a March 2016 fight against Conor McGregor on less than two weeks' notice to submit him in the second round. Diaz is now at +150 points, which means if getting $100, a person would make a $150 profit if Diaz were to win. And on top of the fact that he's now on a four-win winning streak, but is also considered one of the top lightweight contenders in the UFC, with being ranked at third on the official UFC rankings.

Diaz vs. Poirier is reportedly scheduled to be the co-main on UFC 230, and depending how the rest of the card fills out could be bumped to the main event slot.

Poirier (24-5, 1 NC) has won his past three fights.

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In his heavily-anticipated rematch with Eddie Alvarez, Poirier brutally finished the former lightweight champion with punches and knee strikes.

One was a no-contest previous year that Poirier responded last week by knocking out Alvarez in the second round of the UFC Calgary main event.

UFC 230 doesn't have the main event yet, but it also includes a rematch between former middleweight champions Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold. The bout is expected to be announced at a press conference later today.