Though UFC 230 is little more than a month away, it is still without a headliner.
The UFC’s annual trip to Madison Square Garden is typically one of its biggest events of the year, but as it stands, the fight card’s biggest draw is likely the lightweight bout between Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier. Poirier would like to keep it that way, albeit with a slight alteration.
He wants the UFC to instate a 165-pound division and make his bout with Diaz the weight class’ first championship fight.
“I hear UFC is searching for a main event when they have one already,” Poirier wrote on Twitter. “It’s me vs. Nate. 165-pound title. A main event for the people. Stop searching, Dana. We got this. Let’s go.”
The UFC typically headlines all of its pay-per-view events with at least one title fight. While upgrading Diaz vs. Poirier to a championship bout would help solve the issue of a headlining bout at Madison Square Garden, UFC president Dana White has steadfastly shot down any new divisions in the promotion’s immediate future, particularly in the men’s divisions.
Though UFC 230 doesn’t have a headliner yet, in addition to Diaz vs. Poirier, it also features marquee bouts like Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. David Branch and Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman. There are currently 11 bouts confirmed, so there are likely only one or two more additions forthcoming.
I hear UFC is searching for a main event when they have one already. It's me vs Nate. 165 pound title. A main event for the people. Stop searching, Dana. We got this. Let's go.
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 25, 2018
Not too long after Poirier unleashed his idea, Diaz added to the conversation, trying to drum up further support for the idea of a 165-pound title fight.
I’m Happy to announce that I’m bringing a new weight devision to the Ufc
I’ll be fighting the main event November 3rd in nyc against Dustin Poirier for the first ever 165lb belt superfighter devision
I’m happy to be apart of history @ufc @danawhite
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) September 26, 2018