Nate Diaz to attend Conor McGregor's fight with Dustin Poirier as he eyes trilogy with UFC rival, says training partner

NATE DIAZ could attend Conor McGregor's fight with Dustin Poirier as he eyes a trilogy with his iconic rival.

McGregor faces Poirier in a trilogy bout of his own on Saturday in the UFC 264 headliner.

It is now five years since he avenged defeat against Diaz in a five-round classic but fans are yet to have the series decider.

The two have been back-and-forth ever since as they went their separate ways.

But Diaz still has settling the score on his mind, and may force the issue by turning up to McGregor's must-win rematch with Poirier.

His training partner Chris Avila, 28, told SunSport: "We'll see what happens with that fight.

"We might pull up to the scene in Las Vegas. Yeah, we'll probably head out and check that out.

"I'm interested in how that goes down, it should be a good fight."

Diaz, 36, in 2016 became the first to defeat McGregor, 32, in the UFC as he filled in on just over a week's notice and won by second-round submission.

But he was beaten in the rematch five months later in a thrilling fight still celebrated to this day.


Diaz, who recently lost to Brit Leon Edwards, 29, also has history with Poirier, 32, when they were set to face off in 2018.

But as talks stalled, Poirier instead chose to have surgery leaving the match-up now nothing more than a fantasy fight.

Avila, who helped Diaz in training to face McGregor, has called for the bitter rivals to renew their feud for a decisive third fight.

He said: "It's possible, there was supposed to be a trilogy a while back and it never happened, so who knows where that will go.

"But I'm sure that's a fight for Nate and Conor, the Dustin thing I'm not too sure about, I think Dustin killed that.

"We'll see what happens next, but Nate and Conor should have a trilogy, sometime soon."

Avila began his career with Diaz and his older brother Nick, 37, as he started fighting aged 18 after finishing school.

Growing up in Stockton, he was taken in by the city's most renowned stars, and has gone 7-9 in MMA, including two fights in the UFC.

Avila remains an ever-present figure in the Nick Diaz Academy, a group of fighters bonded by loyalty and brotherhood.

But thanks to Diaz's double header with McGregor – which sold 2.9million pay-per-views – he has emerged as the star of the pack.

Avila said: "I help him with everything, because we're homies and training partners.

"When anyone's fighting we all come together as a team, the whole Nick Diaz Academy, we're all homies.

"I'm one of Nate's good main training partners, but we've got a whole line up of guys, we all workout and roll into all the spots together.

"We're different to most fighters, we do things our way basically."

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