The UFC 230 card from Madison Square Garden cannot catch a break with the news that Dustin Poirier is off the card.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported Tuesday night that the lightweight has suffered an undisclosed injury and been forced to withdraw from his highly-anticipated fight with Nate Diaz on November 3rd in New York City.
This news broke hours after the official announcement that Daniel Cormier will defend the UFC heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis, replacing the previous main event of Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks for the vacant flyweight title.
Poirier had fought twice this year with stoppage victories over Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez leading to the Diaz fight. Since returning to the lightweight division in 2015, Poirier has gone 8-1 with 1 no contest.
It is unknown if the 33-year old Diaz will stay on the card and fight a new opponent. Diaz has not fought since August 2016 where he dropped a majority decision to Conor McGregor at UFC 202, which was the most-purchased UFC event in history to that point (it is expected that this past Saturday’s UFC 229 card will top the 202 number).