Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) has suffered an injury and is out of his UFC 230 lightweight fight against Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC). Poirier’s manager confirmed the news to MMAjunkie on Tuesday night following an initial report from ESPN.com.
As a results, Diaz “also will not fight on the card,” UFC President Dana White told the Los Angeles Times. When asked by ESPN.com’s Ariel Helwani what would happen in the wake of Poirier’s withdrawal, Diaz responded: “I’ll just fight Khabib (Nurmagomedov) when he’s ready.”
UFC has yet to make an official statement on the status of Diaz vs. Poirier as of Wednesday morning.
UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC), No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, was going to fight for the fourth time in a year. “The Diamond” has won three consecutive event headliners by knockout, stopping former UFC champ Anthony Pettis, former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje and, most recently at UFC on FOX 30, former UFC and Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez.
Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) hasn’t competed since UFC 202 in August 2016 when he lost a second welterweight encounter against Conor McGregor by majority decision. The fight was an immediate rematch of a UFC 196 encounter in March 2016, which Diaz won with a stunning second-round submission.
Diaz and Poirier each posted on social media recently that they wanted to fight for a 165-pound title in the main event. The 165-pound division is does not exist in the UFC, and White subsequently shut down their talk of such a proposal.
On Tuesday night, Diaz had suitors starting to make their names known in case he stays on the card, including Jorge Masvidal:
The shakeup is the latest in a wild turn of events regarding UFC 230. Earlier Tuesday, the UFC announced a late heavyweight title fight between champion Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis with fewer than four weeks to go until the event. That addition caused the previously announced women’s flyweight title fight between Sijara Eubanks and Valentina Shevchenko to be pulled from the card.
As a result, Shevchenko is back to facing Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant belt at UFC 231 on Dec. 8, which was the original plan before the UFC’s mad-scramble to find a UFC 230 headliner.
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The latest UFC 230 lineup now includes:
- Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis
- Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
- David Branch vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Israel Adesanya vs. Derek Brunson
- Jack Marshman vs. Karl Roberson
- Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi
- Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata
- Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes
- Sultan Aliev vs. Lyman Good
- Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
- Brian Kelleher vs. Domingo Pilarte
- Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis on for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden
- After being pulled from UFC 230, Sijara Eubanks tells White, Maynard: 'This is my life you're playing with'
- Daniel Cormier was 3-1 favorite vs. Brock Lesnar, but 9-1 vs. Derrick Lewis at UFC 230
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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