On Tuesday night, Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier announced an inaugural 165-pound title fight — until the UFC said otherwise

On Tuesday night, Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier announced an inaugural 165-pound title fight — until the UFC said otherwise

Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier gave it a go, but an attempt at twisting the UFC’s arm apparently didn’t work.

By Oscar Willis - 26 Sep 2018

For a very brief moment on Tuesday night, it looked as if the UFC may have introduced a brand new weight class of 165-pounds with Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier fighting for the inaugural title.

First, Diaz ‘announced’ through his social media that the UFC had made his UFC 230 co-main bout a five round main event for a brand new world title.

“I’m Happy to announce that I’m bringing a new weight [division] to the UFC,” Diaz wrote on Twitter. “I’ll be fighting the main event November 3rd in NYC against Dustin Poirier for the first ever 165lb belt superfighter [division]. I’m happy to be apart of history.”

Then, almost immediately after that statement, Poirier made one of his own, apparently confirming Diaz’ comments, and writing: “Its been a long journey but here we are. NYC 1st ever 165lb Title in the UFC!”

However just a short while after the tweets were posted, various MMA journalists, including ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and MMAJunkie’s John Morgan revealed the UFC had refuted the claims, and UFC president Dana White had nixed the idea of the new division and world title.

As of yet, UFC 230 has no main event announced, with the promotion still apparently hoping to find a new contest worthy of being the headlining act at Madison Square Garden.

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