Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz claim they’re the UFC 230 main event and will fight over new 165-pound title, Dana White denies

Dustin Poirier Nate Diaz

The UFC definitely has taken their sweet time when it comes to announcing the headliner for one of their biggest cards if the year.

With tickets going on sale in just a matter of hours, UFC 230 on November 3 will act as the organization’s return to Madison Square Garden which will be their first time heading to the venue in 2018 since they were last there for UFC 217 in November 2017.

Seemingly running out of every possible option that the UFC had, speculation has been all over the place as to what the main event is going to be but one half of the co-main event, Nate Diaz (19-11) has now made the claim that he and Dustin Poirier (24-5) will be promoted to the main event where they will compete over a new 165-pound title in the “superfighter” division. Poirier followed suit soon after Diaz.

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

Its been a long journey but here we are. NYC 1st ever 165lb Title in the UFC! #THEREWILLBEBLOOD #THUGJITSU

However, that doesn’t appear to exactly be the case (yet) as Dana White has reportedly shut that down as well as another UFC official.

Just spoke to Dana White on the phone, he denied any plans of a 165-pound title fight at Madison Square Garden. Says he’s still working on a main event for UFC 230.

Well, was hoping to be able to confirm Poirier-Diaz for the UFC 230 headliner but was told by a company official that it’s the “farthest thing from the truth.”

Should clarify, fight still happening, but not for some new 165-pound title. Been a long day. Lol.

As for the rest of the loaded night of action, we get the return of several different fights. Most notably, Chris Weidman as he looks to avenge his title loss to Luke Rockhold from 2015. Here’s the card as it stands right now:

Main Card

Lightweight – 155lbs: Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz

Middleweight – 185lbs: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman

Middleweight: Ronaldo Souza vs. David Branch

Middleweight: Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya

Preliminary Card

Welterweight – 170lbs: Lyman Good vs. Sultan Aliev

Bantamweight – 135lbs: Brian Kelleher vs. Domingo Pilarte

Lightweight: Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata

Middleweight: Karl Roberson vs. Jack Marshman

Fight Pass Preliminary Card

Featherweight – 145lbs: Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes

Featherweight: Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh

Featherweight: Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi

 

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/25/2018