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Report: Nate Diaz Also Off UFC 230 Card Following Dustin Poirier Injury Withdrawal

It appears that UFC 230 is down a fight, as Nate Diaz will not compete on the Madison Square Garden card following Dustin Poirier’s injury-related exit.
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Midnight Mania! Nate Diaz ‘Definitely Off’ UFC 230

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The vengeful MMA gods have struck again. Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz, a sure contender for action fight of the year, has fallen through, Poirier having to withdraw due to injury.

The offers to replace Poirier at UFC 230 (which now, bizarrely, features a heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis as the main event) have already begun rolling in, but Dana White confirmed that Diaz is officially off the card.

Now that Diaz is not fighting in November, there is one fight that would no doubt interest him more than anyone: Conor McGregor, fresh off his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, is first on many people’s lists to step up and face Diaz for a third time.

The first question is, would McGregor do it? His coach indicated he has been fixated on getting a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which my informal poll yesterday indicated was considered a good idea by 1 in 5 people. It’s not a good idea.

McGregor looked off against Nurmagomedov in a way that didn’t seem completely explained by Khabib’s wrestling control for two rounds. His coach John Kavanagh expressed this sentiment, saying that perhaps they trained too defensively in preparation for Nurmagomedov. A rematch against a known opponent would reveal definitively whether McGregor is the same fighter who departed MMA in 2016- although if the answer is not the one he likes, McGregor could see his career at an interesting juncture.


Insomnia

For better or worse, the Diaz brothers always show up. That was true of Poirier as well up until today.

Sijara Eubanks doesn’t appreciate her career being jerked around like this

Why is this accurate??

Here’s footage that almost shows what happened…

Wow, shots fired from Mike Perry

Why is this the reality we live in? If Donald Trump Jr. fights with the same form he deadlifts with, he would be in trouble.

Not a bad idea from light welterweight Michael Chiesa

Derrick Lewis says Daniel Cormier disrespected Popeyes with his funny music video.

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Title shot Vs DC November 3rd #newyorkcity

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I hate this fight because it’s going to be all DC unless Lewis knocks him out, which seems like a pointless matchup. Fun matchups are where both fighters can potentially do their thing. This fight will either be all one way or the other. The odds reflect that.

Derrick Lewis was at the doctor’s office when he found out about the bout.

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic are going back and forth on social media.

UFC 229 Pay-Per-View numbers are shaping up to be far and away the best in the company’s history.

This sport has always been this way

It still amazes me there are ways to twist the human body into pretzels that I hadn’t seen before.

Stephen Thompson and his team doing backflips

I don’t know why I found this funny, but I did.

I’m mad at this promo for Derrick Lewis underwear.

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@beard_and_thebeast lol

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It had to be memed

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Khabib in his element #ufc229

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Extremely realistic combat scenarios here…

Lando Vannata hitting the bag

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Late night. Light work.

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Tony Ferguson is the right kind of crazy, not this kind… we think.


Random Land

You gotta be kidding me.

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White: ‘I Will Try’ To Make Diaz Vs. Poirier A 5 Round Fight

Dana White has heard your complaints about the UFC 230 main event fiasco, and he wants to make things right.

That’s the message we’re getting from an Instagram exchange White had with a fan in the comments section of a photo.

In case you weren’t aware of the drama, fans have been upset at the UFC for making a lackluster women’s flyweight title fight the headliner at UFC 230, robbing us of a potential five round main event between Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier.

”Dawggg, just make Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier the main event for more PPV buys, happy fans, and do it for the children,” user ApolloTheOne wrote. “People just want good fights and who the f**k doesn’t want to see a 5 round war between Diaz and Poirier? Even you, don’t lie!”

”I do,” White responded. “I said DEAL. I will try to make it.”

Before you get too excited, note that this is nothing more than Dana saying he’ll try. In a buried comment on Instagram. But he is the guy in charge, right? We’re sure he can make it happen if he really wants to.

Of course, when dealing with the Diaz brothers, you know nothing comes for free. Changing the terms of Diaz’s signed 3 round bout agreement would undoubtedly cost the UFC more money … on a card they just financially crippled with a real lame main event.

What do you think, Maniacs? Will the UFC pull this one out of the fire and deliver on five rounds of Diaz vs. Poirier madness?

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Conor McGregor Believes Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier Should Headline UFC 230

The announcement that Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks would headline UFC 230 came as a surprise to the MMA community, especially considering some of the other available options.
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Conor McGregor Believes Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier Should Headline UFC 230

The announcement that Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks would headline UFC 230 came as a surprise to the MMA community, especially considering some of the other available options.
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White On Diaz Vs. Poirier Title Fight: ‘It’s Nutty As Hell’

Despite UFC 230 not having an official main event, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is refusing to entertain a 165-pound title fight between co-headliners Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier.

Both lightweight fighters have lobbied on social media over the past few weeks to turn their three-round scrap into a five-round championship bout in effort to take the main event spot on Nov. 3 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Scheduling such a fight would force the promotion to create an entirely new division just to save a single PPV card. While UFC has pulled off some trickiness in the past to bolster an event, White is not open to it this time around.

“I definitely saw that,” said White in a recent interview with TMZ Sports (shown above). “It’s nutty as hell. The guy signed a deal to fight at 155 pounds against Poirier – from the minute the deal was signed and he went out on stage, he’s just been, you know – it’s completely weird. That’s what it is.”

Adding gasoline to the fire was a recent tweet by Diaz suggesting the bout was off because Poirier didn’t want to fight at 165 pounds (shown below). This comes after Diaz hinted at not fighting at UFC 230 following a press conference back in August.

“He has to, yeah,” White said when asked if Diaz will still show up. “The guy signed a deal, tickets went on sale, all this stuff is in motion – you can’t just sign a deal and then do the things he’s doing right now, and not fight. If you look at what he’s doing, I swear to God I had some police officers come in here this afternoon and say ‘Ah man, it sucks, the Diaz fight is off.’ Most people think that the fight isn’t even on because of what he’s doing on social media.”

Even though UFC 230 has no main event in place with just over one month to go, White is not looking at Diaz vs. Poirier to fill that void. In fact, the UFC president suggests it was never even an option.

“Not only will there not, we did not ever discuss that with him, was never an option, or anything,” said White.

For now, Diaz vs. Poirier is locked in as UFC 230’s co-main event. If Diaz actually shows up for his first Octagon appearance since a decision loss to Conor McGregor two years ago, his clash with “Diamond” could be one of the best of the year.

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Midnight Mania! Diaz, Poirier Deserve to be UFC 230’s Main Event

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Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier, entirely independent of their fight promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), have managed to generate considerable noise around the idea of a super lightweight (or “superfighter”) 165-lb. division, with themselves as the inaugural title fight at UFC 230. With the UFC’s tried-and-true attempt to put together yet another interim title fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Yoel Romero seeming like it has fallen through, the time is now to pull the trigger and make the division.

It’s the only additional weight class that makes sense in the UFC; welterweight probably should be bumped up to 175 pounds- which only means fighters in that weight class would cut less weight- and the wealth of talent jammed into two of the UFC’s most talent-deep divisions would get a chance to breathe.

Moreover, Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier are going to bring it. Their fight won’t lack for violence. UFC 230 is a deep card. It deserves a novel and exciting main event.


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Bellator 206 might be the best Bellator card ever- it’s worth the free DAZN trial. Rory Macdonald and Gegard Mousasi could very well be the best welterweight and middleweight fighters in the world- AND we get Aaron Pico, Koreshkov vs. Lima and of course Rampage vs. Wanderlei 4.

Nick Diaz and AJ Agazarm sparring near a pool.

One-time UFC title challenger Michael “Mayday” McDonald has retired.

The joke lands because it might as well be true. Also, Parkour is still impressive.

The real Tony Ferguson has a really nice blindfolded flow on the speed bag.

People need to stop bothering Daniel Cormier with their nonsense.

Watching this in slow-motion is anxiety inducing.

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We should appreciate Charles Oliveira for being the rare action fighter who can make any grappling exchange fun, and has probably never had a boring fight, win or lose.

Yoel Romero says, see you soon boi.

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It is what it is #iseeyousoonboi #iluhju

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I missed seeing this promo. Kyoji Horiguchi, the best flyweight not in the UFC, pays homage to his late Karate master is incredible.

This fighter artwork is very cool


Slips, Rips, and Karate Combat

Karate Combat held their event in the Freedom Tower in New York City and the setting looks amazing.

The pit is a great idea. It eliminates so many issues with the cage.

Ouch

Super heavyweight

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Super heavyweight kimura is the best kimura

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Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier Pushing Hard for a 165-Pound Title Fight

The UFC is coming to Madison Square Garden for UFC 230, and as they’re wont to do, they’re trying hard to cobble together an epic main event. But they’re having trouble doing that, so co-main eventers Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier have an idea: Make their fight into a title fight. The weight class? A heretofore unheard of 165-pound division.

The idea is insane. And also perfect.

Here’s Diaz and Poirier going back and forth on Twitter over the issue:

Now, there’s is no 165-pound division. The cutoff for welterweights is 170 pounds, the cutoff for lightweights is 155, and in between are just dudes living their small lives as borderline dwarves and hobbits. Diaz and Poirier are playing us, and playing the UFC by very publicly trying to force their hand.

But…

Why not let Diaz and Poirier fight for a made-up title? I mean, what’s the difference between that and the UFC having them fight for an interim belt in an established division?

There is no difference. The prize for the victor at the end is still some arbitrary thing that has no real value when it comes to the UFC’s stars and those stuck in their orbit. And Diaz is certainly a star, while Poirier is on the cusp of breaking out, too.

I saw let them have their fake belt. If it makes them happy, and adds luster to their match, why not?

What do you think?

 

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Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier Pushing Hard for a 165-Pound Title Fight

The UFC is coming to Madison Square Garden for UFC 230, and as they’re wont to do, they’re trying hard to cobble together an epic main event. But they’re having trouble doing that, so co-main eventers Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier have an idea: Make their fight into a title fight. The weight class? A heretofore unheard of 165-pound division.

The idea is insane. And also perfect.

Here’s Diaz and Poirier going back and forth on Twitter over the issue:

Now, there’s is no 165-pound division. The cutoff for welterweights is 170 pounds, the cutoff for lightweights is 155, and in between are just dudes living their small lives as borderline dwarves and hobbits. Diaz and Poirier are playing us, and playing the UFC by very publicly trying to force their hand.

But…

Why not let Diaz and Poirier fight for a made-up title? I mean, what’s the difference between that and the UFC having them fight for an interim belt in an established division?

There is no difference. The prize for the victor at the end is still some arbitrary thing that has no real value when it comes to the UFC’s stars and those stuck in their orbit. And Diaz is certainly a star, while Poirier is on the cusp of breaking out, too.

I saw let them have their fake belt. If it makes them happy, and adds luster to their match, why not?

What do you think?

 

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Dana White Denies Claims From Poirier and Diaz of a 165-pound Title Fight at UFC 230

The Ultimate Fighting Championship still doesn’t have a main event announced for their New York event in November at UFC 230, but it isn’t for lack of vocal volunteers.
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