Dustin Poirier was forced out of heavily-anticipated showdown against Nate Diaz — which was set to pop off at the UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Nov. 3, 2018, in New York — because of an unfortunate injury. Earlier today (Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, “The Diamond” took to “The MMA Hour” to further talk about the setback in his hip the canceled the bout.
“This is something I’ve been dealing with the last few camps, and it just progressively got worse,” Poirier said via MMA Fighting. “And then I did something with it this camp to where you know, like, I can still move around on it, I can still train, but if, say, I do a sprint, the next two days my range of motion is going to be horrible and I’m going to be in a lot of pain. It just got too bad to keep pushing at this point with it.”
Later in the day, Diaz took to social media to take a dig at Poirier for pulling out of the fight, which of course prompted a response from the 155-pound standout.
If u can’t make it to war u lose the war— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) October 15, 2018
U ain’t bout this life...
If anyone knows about losing the war it's you... you've lost half of them that you been in. https://t.co/ovrDu6JkVF— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 15, 2018
Poirier is scheduled to meet with another specialist later this week in California to see what the best course of action is moving forward. If “The Diamond” has his way, he could return at year’s end, preferably against the Stockton slugger.
According to Poirier, though, Diaz made it very difficult for UFC matchmakers just to come to an agreement for their initial matchup, so you can bet talks for a re-scheduling won’t go so smooth.
Should the bout not get lined up again, there are plenty of other options for both men to engage in. Care to offer up a few?