Dustin Poirier is out of his UFC 230 co-main event bout with Nate Diaz due to an injury according to ESPN.
If you can believe it UFC 230 has suffered a THIRD line-up change today alone, and this one’s a biggie.
According to ESPN Dustin Poirier is out of his co-main event bout with Nate Diaz due to an “undisclosed injury.” The bout was arguably the most anticipated match-up on the struggling fight card and even briefly teased a possible 165-pound title fight… but alas, it was not meant to be.
Earlier today ESPN also broke the news that UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier would face Derrick Lewis in the main event and that the previously announced headline bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks was canceled. Shevchenko would go back to her bout with former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231, but now that the co-main event has been scrapped there still may be more shake-ups in store.
There is no word if the UFC will find a replacement for Diaz or if he will be off the card as well.
Just two weeks ago Diaz and Poirier were campaigning to headline the New York City card in hopes of fighting for the inaugural 165-pound title. UFC President Dana White denies that there was ever talk of a 165-pound division.
Diaz was gearing up to make his return to the Octagon after more than two years off. He last fought at UFC 202 when he was defeated by former two-division champion Conor McGregor. Poirier was on a three-fight win streak with back-to-back victories over Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, and Eddie Alvarez.
This is yet another setback for the card which is just three weeks away but is just finally beginning to come together.