Dustin Poirier Suggests His UFC 230 Fight With Nate Diaz Should Be For A 165-Pounds Belt
The UFC are apparently still searching for a main event for UFC 230 and it appears that Dustin Poirier has a solution.
Speaking last night at the UFC 229 pre-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed to reporters that former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not feature in the headline bout of UFC 230. Jones learned earlier in the week that he will be eligible to fight on Nov. 3 after USADA handed him a 15-month backdated ban after failing a drug UFC 214 fight week.
Despite being able to fight, White insisted that it won’t be Jones headlining at Madison Square Garden.
“That’s correct,” White said when asked to confirm that Jones isn’t headlining UFC 230. “We will announce it soon. We’re working on a deal now.
“We got to get s*** done,” White later added.
Following White’s comments, Poirier then took to social media to give his own thoughts on what he thinks could be the headline fight at Madison Square Garden.
What about me and Nate for the 165lbs belt?
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 20, 2018
“What about me and Nate for the 165lbs belt?” Poirier tweeted.
With a glaring lack of alternatives, stranger things have happened.
The only other bout that could headline the card is a welterweight title fight between champion Tyron Woodley and former interim champion Colby Covington. At present it remains unclear whether Woodley would be able to fight on the card given the injury he suffered to his thumb after fighting Darren Till earlier this month at UFC 228.
The current UFC 230 fight card is as follows:
Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz
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
Brian Kelleher vs. Domingo Pilarte
Karl Roberson vs. Jack Marshman
Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes
Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi