Just three weeks before the promotion brings the action to Madison Square Garden in New York, Dustin Poirier pulls out of UFC 230 fight against Nate Diaz. The third-ranked lightweight fighter, “The Diamond”, withdrew from his bout against Diaz according to an ESPN initial report Tuesday night.
The UFC welterweight contender, Jorge Masvidal, offers to step in against the 33-year old “The Stockton Slugger” at UFC 230. However, it appears that the former lightweight title fighter will not accept a short notice bout against a new opponent.
Nate Diaz Is Done with UFC 230
Months ago, the 29-year old Poirier called out the Stockton finest for the inaugural 165-pound fight. This happened when the promotion was in desperate need of a headlining act for UFC 230.
Due to Poirer’s untimely injury, he was forced out of his fight against Diaz on November 3 in NYC. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported via Twitter that UFC 230 has lost its co-main event fight, though there were no further details 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 President Dana White confirmed to the L.A. Times that Diaz will no longer compete at UFC 230. Sources close to the situation via MMA News had previously confirmed that the Diaz vs Poirier bout was in jeopardy regardless of the injury that ultimately doomed the fight.
Whilst the details are sketchy; it appears there was a conflict between Diaz and the UFC. It’s an issue that has already raised questions about whether or not he would compete on November 3.
In the hopes of headlining the card in NYC, Diaz attempts to change his fight against Poirier to a 165-pound contest. However, UFC first attempted to make a fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks.
Rather than introducing a new weight class, UFC has set the Octagon for the vacant women’s flyweight title. Announced on Tuesday, a heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis will headline the event.
Keeping that in mind, UFC 230 has lost its co-main event fight as Poirier and Diaz are off the card.