UFC 230 got a major boost today when it was announced that Daniel Cormier would be defending his heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis in the main event.
The card was looking stacked, but it wouldn’t last long. The co-main event fight between Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier has been a saga in its own. Initially, Diaz said he wouldn’t fight after Khabib and McGregor was confirmed, then it was supposed to be for the inaugural 165-pound title which ended up not happening. Well, now we know for sure that the two will not be fighting at UFC 230.
Dustin Poirier has been forced to withdraw from the fight due to an undisclosed injury. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the news on Twitter and it was later confirmed by multiple news outlets.
Everyone started to immediately wonder who would replace Poirier against Diaz, but it didn’t take long for some news to surface about what would happen to him. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani tweeted that he asked Diaz what was next and he stated he would be waiting for UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Seems he has his eye’s set on the belt.
Diaz has been waiting for a shot at the UFC title and it seemed his fight with Poirier would be a perfect match for him to make a case for a title shot. Instead, now Diaz is indicating he will just wait for Khabib’s issues with the Nevada Athletic Commission after the brawl at UFC 229 to clear and he will fight him. As good as that fight would be, who knows if the UFC has him in their sites for a title fight with Khabib.
Diaz also has to deal with Tony Ferguson and Conor as potential opponents for Khabib once everything is cleared up. A rematch has already been asked for by Conor McGregor after losing to Khabib at UFC 229, while Ferguson has already made it clear that he should be the next in line for a title shot.
No one had any idea what would actually happen, but Diaz deciding to sit out for a big fight was not surprising. If Tony Ferguson could get cleared to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 230 it would have been amazing, but we are not that lucky.
A trilogy with McGregor was originally on his radar, but now he wants UFC gold.
Dana White later confirmed with the LA Times that Nate Diaz would not get a replacement opponent and would be off the card. With Diaz now officially off the event, everyone will be waiting to see what is next for him.
Diaz last competed over two years ago at UFC 202 when he lost his rematch to Conor McGregor by decision. Fans were excited to see the Stockton based fighter back in the Octagon after the long hiatus, but will now have to wait even more.
Do you think Nate should wait for Khabib or take another fight if it is offered to him?