On Tuesday night, Dustin Poirier tweeted out that he 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.
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.
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 25, 2018
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 perfectly suitable for top billing.
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, it’s been a topic of discussion for several years in the sport. The lightweight and welterweight divisions are the most bloated of any on the UFC roster, with more than 100 fighters signed in each of the divisions.
Numerous notable names such as Rafael dos Anjos, Kevin Lee, Michael Chiesa, Diego Sanchez, and even current 170-pound champ Tyron Woodley said they would be in well if the UFC were to add the weight class, but White has explicitly shot down the idea.