Dustin Poirier, one of the form fighters in the UFC’s lightweight frame, was forced to pull out of his UFC 230 bout with Nate Diaz recently on account of a hip complaint aggravated in training but as he revealed on social media, the injury does not appear serious and he expects to be fit in a matter of weeks.
The Poirier vs. Diaz bout was one of the most anticipated contests on what will be the UFC’s third event inside Madison Square Garden early next month. Initially it was forecast to be the card’s featured bout but, per Poirier, Nate Diaz’s financial requests to do so forced the UFC’s hand to keep the fight’s co-main status.
The organisation then announced a main event between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks, before doing an about face days later and placing a hastily arranged heavyweight title bout between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis atop the card.
As for Poirier, the disappointment of the cancelled contest was confounded by the hip injury he suffered and the uncertainty as to how long he would remain sidelined in its wake but, as he revealed on social media, it is apparently not serious.
Surgery isn’t required, he said, adding that he will undergo a course of stem cell injections which, after they’re completed, should require only three weeks’ recovery.
So here’s what’s up for everybody asking
I do not have to have surgery!! I’m going to stay in LA and get stem cell injections in my hip on Monday. From that point I will have a 3 week recovery. After that I will be able to go back to training 100%.
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 19, 2018
Good news for ‘The Diamond’ and fight fans alike.