With a heavyweight title clash between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis earning the top spot at UFC 230, a pivotal bout at lightweight has now been scrapped due to an injury to Dustin Poirier.
It’s fair to say that UFC 230 has been somewhat of a rollercoaster and the past 12 hours or so have been testament to this fact.
Late last night, Brett Okamoto of ESPN confirmed that Daniel Cormier (c) would defend his heavyweight belt against fan favourite Derrick Lewis in November.
Cormier had sustained an injured after his recent victory over Stipe Miocic and it was believed that the two weight world champion would not be competing again until next year.
However, according to sources, “DC’s” hand is in full working order and is expected to release a statement in due course.
Lewis fought as recently as Saturday when he earned a late come from behind victory over Russian Alexander Volkov in dramatic fashion.
It’s a fight that has borne some criticism given the quick turnaround “The Black Beast” finds himself in.
Understandably, Lewis is rising to the occasion however, he took some very significant damage in his recent fight and fans and pundits alike are slightly concerned with his wellbeing and questioning Lewis’ readiness with zero downtime after a ferocious war.
Elsewhere on the card, a much anticipated lightweight fight between Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz has been cancelled due to an ‘undisclosed injury’ to Poirier.
The news broke late last night by Brett Okamoto from ESPN.
Both fighters had been clamouring for a 165lbs division to be introduced and have them headline for the inaugural belt however, UFC President Dana White was quick to dismiss the idea.
It is yet unclear if the UFC are in talks to find a replacement for Diaz but many people believe that a deal is unlikely to be done in time.
FLYWEIGHT TITLE UP IN THE AIR
Adding further confusion to the card, it was reported last week that Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks would be fighting for the vacant UFC Flyweight title as the headliner.
This does not appear to be the case now and Shevchenko is likely to fight her scheduled opponent Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 232 in Toronto.
The proposed main event brought about a lot of criticism from fans and pundits but Eubanks took to social media to voice her discontent with the scenario.
Further details are yet to be announced but check back soon for more updates on UFC 230.