Dustin Poirier Breaks Silence Following Withdrawal From Nate Diaz UFC 230 Fight
Dustin Poirier has spoken out for the first time since his withdrawal from his fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 230.
The two were set to meet in the co-main event of the Madison Square Garden fight card, but Poirier withdrew from the bout earlier this week after sustaining a shoulder injury during training.
“Small setbacks happen,” Poirier said via his social media. “I’m flying out to LA next week to get a second opinion on my injury and I’ll have an idea of when I can return to compete, I can’t wait to get back in the Octagon! Thank you all for the support.”
Poirier (24-5) is undefeated in his last five bouts with four wins and one no contest. Since moving up to 155-pounds, Poirier has shown he can mix it with some of the best in the division and holds wins over the likes of Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis.
Diaz appears to still be in full training camp ahead of November 3, but at this time it looks unlikely that he will be willing to take another opponent.
The main event for UFC 230 was announced earlier this week with UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier defending his title against Derrick Lewis. The reported bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks was also cancelled with Shevchenko rebooked to face Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 and Eubanks remaining on the card to take on Roxanne Modafferi.
UFC 230 Fight Card
Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis – UFC heavyweight title
Ronaldo Souza vs. Dave Branch
Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya
Lyman Good vs. Sultan Aliev
Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata
Karl Roberson vs. Jack Marshman
Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes
Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Ruslan Magomedov vs. M. Rogério de Lima
Brian Kelleher vs. Montel Jackson
Sijara Eubanks vs. Roxanne Modafferi