Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier did their best to try and convince Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to create a 165-pound title and allow them to compete for it at UFC 230 as the headlining act on Nov. 3, 2018, in New York, New York. Instead, the promotion gave fight fans an inexplicable main event between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks for the vacant women's Flyweight title, when "Bullet" was already in line to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk later this year.
Now, UFC President Dana White is explaining the reason(s) he poured ice cold water on the 165-pound suggestion.
“It’s all crock of s–t,” White told BT Sport this week ahead of UFC 229 (via MMA Weekly). “The whole 165 [pound] thing is bulls–t. It’s something they’ve talked about. It’s nothing we’ve talked about. It’s not going to happen.”
For White, creating that weight class in mixed martial arts (MMA) will only give the company more headaches, as well as ruin the Lightweight and Welterweight divisions.
“It will completely destroy the 170-pound division and it will completely destroy the 155-pound division,” White said. “What I don’t want to have happen is, guys who can’t win the title at 170 or 155, just jumping to 165 so they can win a title there.”
Nevertheless, Diaz and Poirier will now fight in UFC 230’s co-main event, while Shevchenko and Eubanks -- through no fault of their own -- will likely have to field questions and defend the promotion's head-scratching move.
As for the rest of the fighters hoping to start over in a new division, they will have to stay put or move to an already existing weight class (like this) for a clean slate. Unless, of course, Conor McGregor can somehow convince the promotion with his highly-valuable two cents to change its mind.