The Lightweight co-main event bout between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz scheduled for UFC 230 is off. According to Brett Okomoto of ESPN, Dustin Poirier suffered an undisclosed injury forcing him out of the bout.
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
When asked if Nate Diaz would remain on the card, UFC president Dana White said no.
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) October 10, 2018
This news comes after both fighters campaigned to headline UFC 230 for a new 165lbs title. Their campaign was unsuccessful despite a positive response from fans. Nate Diaz has now focused his attention to UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Asked @NateDiaz209 what’s next now that Dustin Poirier is out of UFC 230. His response?
“I’ll just fight Khabib when he’s ready.”
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 10, 2018
The UFC have had problems finding a main event and now its co-main event has taken a hit. Inital reports confirmed Valentina Shevchenko vs Sijara Eubanks would headline the card for the vacant 125lbs title but that has now been replaced by a Heavyweight title fight between Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis.
UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden, New York.