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UFC 230: Dustin Poirier statement on ‘small setback’ that booted him from Nate Diaz fight

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender, Dustin Poirier, doesn’t sound too broken up about losing his Nate Diaz fight at the upcoming UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Sat., Nov. 3, 2018 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Maybe it’s because he really wanted a 165-pound championship main event, or perhaps he’s simply resigned to the fact that injuries happen and there’s nothing he can do about it. Either way, “The Diamond is looking forward to getting back inside the cage.

“Small setbacks happen,” Poirier wrote on Twitter. “I’m flying out to LA next week to get a second opinion on my injury and I’ll have an idea of when I can return to compete, I can’t wait to get back in the Octagon! Thank you all for the support.”

When Poirier was removed from the UFC 230 lineup (see it here), the promotion went and yanked Diaz, as well, in lieu of finding a late replacement, and the standalone PPV star has since asked for a Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight — or his unconditional release.

After “The Diamond” was scratched, the promotion pulled a few strings (and wrote a few checks) to get Daniel Cormier to surrender his 205-pound strap (for this) and defend his heavyweight title on short notice against power-punching fan favorite Derrick Lewis.

A timeline for Poirier’s return, meanwhile, is expected to be revealed “next week.”