The UFC 230 has lost its co-main event fight.
Just three weeks before the promotion brings the actions at the Madison Square in New York, the third-ranked lightweight fighter Dustin Poirier withdrew from his bout against Nate Diaz, the ESPN initially reported Tuesday night.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 29, 2018
Months ago, the 29-year old Poirier called out the Stockton finest for the inaugural 165-pound fight, when the promotion was in desperate need of a headlining act for UFC 230.
The UFC then confirmed that ‘The Diamond’ will welcome Diaz back in the Octagon in his highly-anticipated return following a two-year layoff.
Poirier is riding on a three-fight winning streak since November last year. He had dispatched former champions Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, and Eddie Alvarez in his three previous fights, which improved his status as a lightweight contender.
After booking the fight against Diaz in the first-ever 165-lb bout, Poirier did not have to wait long for his title shot. But just when he is just one step away from a UFC belt, the American slugger suffered a painful setback that cost him the UFC 230 co-main event fight.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported via Twitter that the UFC 230 has lost its co-main event fight, with Poirier suffering an untimely injury. However, no further details have been provided about it.
Breaking: Dustin Poirier has suffered an undisclosed injury, per multiple sources. He is off UFC 230 co-main event against Nate Diaz in New York.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 10, 2018
UFC 230 Fight Card
It was not all loss for the promotion on Tuesday. It may have lost Poirier on its co-main event fight, but it has found its official headlining act in Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis, much to the surprise of many MMA fans.
Lewis will challenge DC for the UFC heavyweight belt, following his come-from-behind win over Alexander Volkov last weekend at UFC 229.
Check out the updated UFC 230 fight card below:
Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis
Nate Diaz vs. TBA
Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold
Ronaldo Souza vs. David Branch
Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya
Brian Kelleher vs. Domingo Pilarte
Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Jack Marshman vs. Karl Roberson
Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata
Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes
Sultan Aliev vs. Lyman Good
Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
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