Nate Diaz pulled from the card of the UFC 230 pay-per-view event as well following the news that his opponent was also pulled.
Nate Diaz Pulled
On Tuesday night, it was revealed that Poirier has dropped out of his bout with the younger Diaz brother in a fight that the mass majority of fight fans was looking forward to seeing. The reason that Poirier dropped out was due to an undisclosed injury. It’s safe to say that this was one of the most anticipated bout of the card.
UFC President Dana White told Lance Pugmire that the promotion won’t be looking for a replacement and Diaz was also “definitely off UFC 230” card.
This led to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani noting on his official Twitter account that Diaz has called for a showdown with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Asked @NateDiaz209 what’s next now that Dustin Poirier is out of UFC 230. His response? “I’ll just fight Khabib when he’s ready.”
Asked @NateDiaz209 what’s next now that Dustin Poirier is out of UFC 230. His response?
“I’ll just fight Khabib when he’s ready.”
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 10, 2018
Diaz has not been seen in the Octagon since his rematch with Conor McGregor back at UFC 202 when he suffered a majority decision loss which came five months after Diaz submitted McGregor in their first bout at UFC 196.
The UFC 230 pay-per-view event is set to take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York City with the main card airing on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass. Here is the updated card:
Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis
Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold
Ronaldo Souza vs. David Branch
Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya
Brian Kelleher vs. Domingo Pilarte
Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Jack Marshman vs. Karl Roberson
Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata
Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes
Sultan Aliev vs. Lyman Good
Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh