UFC superstar Nate Diaz was officially announced to be making his massive octagon return against lightweight contender Dustin Poirier in the co-main event of UFC 230. Since then, both fighters have declared that they are now fighting in the night’s headliner for a new UFC division title. That being said, it would appear that the UFC president is denying those claims.
UFC 230 is set to take place Nov. 3 from within the illustrious Madison Square Garden in New York. While tickets for the live pay-per-view event went public today, the event has yet to lock down a headliner.
Taking to Twitter, Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier announced that they were taking the main event slot in a battle for the yet to be officially announced 165 division title.
“Its been a long journey but here we are. NYC 1st ever 165lb Title in the UFC! #THEREWILLBEBLOOD #THUGJITSU”
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 26, 2018
“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”
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
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto has since come forward to report that UFC President Dana White has denied any plans to implement a 165 pound title fight and that the promotion is still looking for a UFC 230 main event. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani has since reported that the promotion is now considering a light heavyweight fight between Yoel Romero and Alexander Gustafsson for the night’s main event.
Two options being reportedly discussed are that the fight be for an interim title or that the bout be for reigning champion Daniel Cormier’s undisputed UFC light heavyweight belt. Either way, the UFC has yet to official announce the main event for UFC 230, which is now only five weeks away.