The championship will be on the 3rd of November 2018 at the Madison square garden in Manhattan, New York City. The main match will be between Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz. Diaz has never fought in the lightweight since his win against Michael Johnson in the 2015 December. He also fought against McGregor in the welterweight, but he lost. Poirier fought on August 2016 where he lost to Michael Johnson and won on July in the battle against Eddie Alvarez.
In addition, Poirier has a record of 25-5-0, 5’9”tall he is 155 lbs, 73”reach and 29 years of age. Diaz has a record of 22-11-0, he weighs 155lbs as well.76”reach and he is 33 years of age. In the comparison of Poirier vs. date, each has an advantage against the other Diaz. For instance, he is taller than Poirier a difference of 7 cm since Diaz is 183 cm while Poirier is 175cm. Diaz also has a higher submission offense as compared to Poirier, Diaz is 8.6 while Poirier is 7.9 making Diaz have a 10% higher chance of winning due to the submission technique.
Diaz is a better striker as well; he is 9.3 while Poirier 9.1 not much difference but still an added advantage for Diaz. Diaz also has an advantage when hitting due to his ability to strike from a longer reach as compared to Poirier that is 193cm vs. 185cm for Poirier that a very safe distance to hit.
furthermore, Poirier has some advantages compared to Diaz, and he is way younger as compared to Diaz that is a five years gap hence 10% younger, giving him a lead when it comes to the time he remains on the ground. Poirier as well as a good takedown defense as compared to Diaz that is 8.5 vs. 7.9 he is way better at avoiding to be down. Poirier also has very heavy hands. This gives him an advantage when it comes to defending well.
Poirier is said to have been very upset recently about that. He said he was not sure if he was going to fight against Diaz. This may have resulted from the promotion given to Conor and Khabib in their absence yet he was there himself. However, the match is still scheduled for the same date that is on November 3rd. He is also known for the way he fights dangerously but he changed the way he trains hence changes are expected as well in his mode of fighting during the UFC 230 against Diaz. More is expected from him not the tactics he once used.
There are a lot of speculations about who will win the championship come the 3rd of November 2018 in the New York City, most people have speculated that Poirier will win this fight against Diaz. This is due to some of his added advantages as compared to Diaz and also if you follow the previous battles that Poirier has played he will probably win since he has the upper hand in most of the fighting techniques as compared to his opponent.