UFC 230 The octagon will return to Madison Square Garden Arena next month for the promotions UFC 230: Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis pay-per-view event.
The UFC 230 fight card, which takes place November 3 in New York City, is headlined by a heavyweight title fight featuring reigning champion Daniel Cormier taking on surging division contender Derrick Lewis.
The fight card was originally slated to feature Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier as it’s co-headliner. Unfortunately for fight fans however, “The Diamond” was forced to withdraw from the contest due to a hip injury.
Following the removal of Diaz vs. Poirier from UFC 230, the promotion announced that a rematch between former UFC middleweight champions Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold would now serve as the evenings co-main event.
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That announcement did not last long, as shortly after news broke that Luke Rockhold had suffered an injury and would no longer be able to compete against Weidman on November 3.
With that being said, the promotion was then forced to pull Jacare Souza from his scheduled bout with David Branch, and move the Brazilian into the co-main event of UFC 230 opposite Chris Weidman.
Jared Cannonier is now expected to replace Jacare Souza against David Branch at Madison Square Garden.
With the recent changes, November’s UFC 230: Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis pay-per-view lineup looks as follows:
The popular UFC fighter is taking aim at the entire lightweight roster after zero fighters stepped up to fill in for an injured Dustin Poirier at UFC 230 next month in New York City. Remember, Diaz and Poirier were originally pegged for the co-main event slot before “Diamond” withdrew earlier this month due to a nagging hip injury.
In a recent social media post (shown below), Diaz suggests stepping away from the sport again after the roster fell silent for a replacement.
Diaz, who was expecting to step foot inside of the Octagon for the first time since losing to Conor McGregor back at UFC 202, also took aim at Poirier. Earlier this week, “Diamond” informed fans that he was able to bypass surgery on his hip and is only expecting a three-week recovery time. That obviously didn’t sit well with Diaz, as shown above.
After seeing what Diaz had to say about his UFC 230 removal, Poirier fired back with the following tweet:
Diaz does pay respect to former lightweight Jorge Masvidal, who reportedly lobbied to fill in for Poirier at UFC 230. Unfortunately, the welterweight contender didn’t get his wish. Instead, Diaz was yanked from the New York City card entirely.
For now, Diaz’s return to the Octagon will have to wait. Fight fans have been anxious to see the former UFC title challenger compete following his two bouts with McGregor so hopefully the promotion is able to re-book Diaz a fight by the end of the year.