UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier was initially set to welcome UFC superstar Nate Diaz back inside the octagon at UFC 230. However, the fight has since been cancelled.
UFC 230 is set to take place Nov. 3 from within Madison Square Garden in New York. The event will be featured live on pay-per-view for fight fans around the world.
Poirier has since pulled out of his co-main event match up against Nate Diaz over a hip injury. Speaking on The MMA Hour, Poirier has since come forward with a few words on the matter.
“This is something I’ve been dealing with the last few camps, and it just progressively got worse. And then I did something with it this camp to where you know, like, I can still move around on it, I can still train, but if, say, I do a sprint, the next two days my range of motion is going to be horrible and I’m going to be in a lot of pain. It just got too bad to keep pushing at this point with it.”
“Of course every fighter, whether they admit it or not, they have aches and pains and they go into fights hurt. If you’re training for a fight, you’re going to be pretty much, there’s going to be days where you’re hurting. Normal pain is no problem, that just comes with the job.
“But this actually got to the point where it was stopping me from doing the kind of training sessions I needed to be doing, and like I said, range of motion, internal rotation, a lot of stuff was just really really bothering me and it’s time to get something done about it.”
“One week we got one doctor’s opinion, the next week I’m flying out to LA to get another scan and another opinion and if the second doctor agrees with the first, I think it will be a pretty quick return. We’re just going to do some stem cell stuff and I think I’ll be moving around real quick, so, I don’t think I’ll be out long at all.”