Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier claim to be fighting for inaugural 165-pound title
Well, that escalated quickly.
On Tuesday night, Dustin Poirier tweeted out that wants the UFC to stop scrambling for a UFC 230 main event. Why? Because there’s already a suitable option booked for the November card.
It just needs a bit of an upgrade.
Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) in a pay-per-view lightweight bout Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight was originally announced as the co-headliner, but “The Diamond” believes it could be a perfectly suitable for top billing.
Initially Poirier merely pushed for the fight to headline and be switched from three rounds to five. He took his proposal a step further, though, and said it’s the perfect opportunity for the UFC to create a 165-pound weight class where he and Diaz could fight for the inaugural belt (via Twitter):
I hear UFC is searching for a main event when they have one already. It’s me vs Nate. 165 pound title. A main event for the people. Stop searching, Dana. We got this. Let’s go.
Just a few hours later, Diaz was “happy to announce” that the fight had been promoted to a 165-pound title fight (via Twitter):
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
Within minutes, Poirier jumped in to seemingly make the same announcement (via Twitter):
UFC President Dana White denied any plans of a 165-pound title fight taking place at UFC 230, according to ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto.
The UFC, of course, does not have a 165-pound division. However..
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