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Dustin Poirier has reignited his fierce rivalry with Nate Diaz by calling out the UFC star and insisting that he wants to "beat his a*s."
The 30-year-old was initially scheduled to fight Diaz in 2018 at Madison Square Garden as the co-headline clash of UFC 230.
But Poirier was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury and a rescheduled fight with the American Diaz, 34, never materialised.
Former UFC interim lightweight champ Poirier, who suffered a defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in September, has now taken to Twitter to explain why the fight with Diaz never happened.
"He wanted it he just couldn't come to terms with ufc [sic]," he tweeted.
"They offered us the main event at msg but he would only agree if it was on his terms.
"I was tired of playing games with the guy and that's when i decided to address a injury I had been dealing with. Now you all know.
"And thats the whole truth with me and Nate situation... also I jumped the gun when news came out that he failed a test.
"He's always been a guy who pushed for clean eating and clean sport. I shouldn't have.
"Doesn't change the fact that I still want to beat his a*s."
Poirier has successfully received surgery on his hip and has been ruled out of UFC action until 2020.
And he said that he is eyeing up a return in March and plans on having three fights in 2020.
Diaz, who returned from UFC hiatus to beat Anthony Pettis in August, is scheduled to face Jorge Masvidal on 2nd November at UFC 244.
But the 'Stockton Slugger' cast doubts over the bout after he dropped a bombshell that he had allegedly tested positive in a doping test.
Poirier slammed Diaz for saying he could drop out of his upcoming fight and accusing other UFC stars of using steroids.
However, the Stockton native wasted no time in firing back at Poirier with a brutal response on social media.
UFC has cleared Diaz, who has denied any wrongdoings, to fight at UFC 244 and UFC president Dana White confirmed the headline clash will move ahead as planned.
Featured Image Credit: PA/Dustin Poirier
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