With tickets set to go on sale next week, UFC 230 desperately needs a main event.
While Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has worked hard to secure a headlining act for the Nov. 3 pay-per-view (PPV) card from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, nothing has come together thus far.
In steps streaking lightweight contender Dustin Poirier, who is scheduled to welcome Nate Diaz back to the Octagon in UFC 230’s co-main event. Poirier, who has produced a 8-1-1 record since returning to the lightweight division in 2015 following a featherweight loss to Conor McGregor, is calling to turn his scrap with Stockton’s finest into a 165-pound title fight headliner.
What about me and Nate for the 165lbs belt?
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 20, 2018
Now that UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is scheduled to undergo surgery and has been officially ruled out of a potential main event clash with Colby Covington at UFC 230, maybe the promotion will take a deeper look into Poirier’s request.
Aiding Poirier’s cause is Diaz himself. As one of the most popular fighters in the sport today, Diaz should be able to bring in considerable PPV numbers atop any main card, especially if a UFC championship is involved. And if he were to win, it could set up a potential trilogy bout with McGregor for the 165-pound strap.
That’s obviously wishful thinking, but crazier things have happened.
You have to also consider that the promotion has manifested interim titles out of thin air in the past just to save a PPV card. Pair that track record with the growing weight cut issues in today’s MMA and creating a 165-pound division, with Poirier and Diaz fighting for the inaugural title, doesn’t sound like that bad of an idea.
We’ll have to wait and see what UFC has in store for another stop in NYC.
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