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Injured Dustin Poirier opts for stem-cell injections, expects three-week recovery

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender, Dustin Poirier, will avoid surgery for his nagging hip and instead undergo stem-cell injections, a process that begins Monday and is expected to keep him sidelined for up to three weeks.

After that, “The Diamond” can return to training, according his recent Twitter update, which is likely to put him back inside the cage at some point in early 2019. No word yet on whether or not the promotion plans to rebook him against Nate Diaz.

“I would like to thank UFC for being patient with me and getting things done,” Poirier wrote. “Setting up all these appointments. Flying me out to specialists for second opinions and making this process go smoothly. I am really looking forward to coming back pain free!”

Poirier and Diaz were slotted for the UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place Sat., Nov. 3, 2018 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. The latter insists he’s not going to come back unless it’s for the division title.

The 29 year-old Poirier (24-5, 1 NC) is on a three-fight winning streak in which he beat two former UFC champions (Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez), as well as a former WSOF champion in the form of Justin Gaethje.

The sooner we get “The Diamond” back into the cage, the better.