With the UFC nonetheless in want of a headliner for its UFC 230 pay-per-view occasion on Nov. three at Madison Sq. Backyard, Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier tried to take issues into their very own arms on Tuesday — fully unknown to the UFC.
Diaz, of Stockton, California, introduced through Twitter that he and Poirier can be combating for an inaugural 165-pound championship — a weight class that at the moment doesn’t exist within the UFC. Diaz and Poirier already are scheduled to struggle at UFC 230, however in a non-title 155-pound contest.
I am Completely happy to announce that I am bringing a brand new weight devision to the Ufc
I will be combating the primary occasion November third in nyc towards Dustin Poirier for the primary ever 165lb belt superfighter devision
I am joyful to be aside of historical past @ufc @danawhite
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) September 26, 2018
Moments later, Poirier additionally shared the information on social media.
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 26, 2018
UFC president Dana White, nevertheless, mentioned he was unaware of Diaz’s and Poirier’s bulletins and that there’s “completely no reality” to the UFC making a 165-pound weight class. White mentioned he’s nonetheless engaged on a predominant occasion for the Nov. three card in New York.
When reached through textual content by ESPN, Diaz doubled down on his preliminary announcement.
“I am combating for that predominant occasion 165-pound title,” Diaz mentioned.
Poirier (29-5) has been campaigning for the primary occasion slot for days. Previous to echoing Diaz’s announcement on Tuesday, the Louisiana native posted on social media, “I hear UFC is looking for a predominant occasion after they have one already. It is me vs. Nate, 165-pound title. A predominant occasion for the individuals. Cease looking, Dana. We obtained this. Let’s go.”
Tuesday’s improvement added a brand new wrinkle to an ongoing saga between Diaz (19-11) and the UFC. The 33-year-old stormed out of a information convention in Los Angeles final month because of a disagreement with the UFC and claimed he not meant to struggle at UFC 230 to start with.
Diaz and Poirier usually are not the one fighters to publicly specific a need for a 165-pound weight class, however the UFC has not made any dedication to the thought.
Tickets for UFC 230 are scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, regardless of no official predominant occasion.