There’s been some talk this week that an upcoming fight between Nate Diaz and dustin Poirier at UFC 230 could be for a new 165lb title, forcing the UFC to come out and deny that this is the case.
The rumors of a new weight class being introduced appears to have come from the two fighters themselves.
“I hear UFC is searching for a main event when they have one already,” Poirier wrote on Twitter yesterday. “It’s me vs Nate. 165 pound title. A main event for the people. Stop searching, Dana. We got this. Let’s go.”
Diaz then took this to the next level by claiming that the title fight was now official.
“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.”
Poirer happily played along with Diaz’s mischief-making antics.
“Its been a long journey but here we are. NYC 1st ever 165lb Title in the UFC! #THEREWILLBEBLOOD #THUGJITSU.”
The two fighter’s tall tales eventually forced Dana White to inform ESPN that this wasn’t true.
“Just spoke to Dana White on the phone, he denied any plans of a 165-pound title fight at Madison Square Garden,” ESPN’s Brett Okamoto stated on Twitter. “Says he’s still working on a main event for UFC 230.