UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden and is still without a main event. Nate Diaz vs Dustin Poirier is already scheduled for the main card at 155lbs but the two took to social media to announce their fight as the new main event.
I’m Happy to announce that I’m bringing a new weight devision to the Ufc
I’ll be fighting the main event November 3rd in nyc against Dustin Poirier for the first ever 165lb belt superfighter devision
I’m happy to be apart of history @ufc @danawhite
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) September 26, 2018
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 26, 2018
The most interesting stand out from these announcements is that they would be fighting for the first 165lbs title. This weight division is long overdue to bridge the gap between the Lightweight and Welterweight divisions. However the UFC have denied this news and say they are working an interim title fight to headline the event instead.
Just spoke to Dana White on the phone, he denied any plans of a 165-pound title fight at Madison Square Garden. Says he’s still working on a main event for UFC 230.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 26, 2018
With no champions available, UFC is discussing adding an interim title fight to the MSG card, sources tell @espn. It’s not finalized yet, though. Tickets go on sale tomorrow and they’d like to have a main event place by then, if possible.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 26, 2018
Several fighters gave their reactions to the announcement.
🗣 Say less. I’m having champagne with dinner tonight https://t.co/MNFLFrPKXV
— Kevin MTP Lee (@MoTownPhenom) September 26, 2018
If @ufc make 165lbs division you can count on me for that run.
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) September 25, 2018
— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) September 26, 2018
The UFC 230 main event is still to be announced, stay tuned for more updates.