Dustin Poirier Updates Condition, Discusses Timeline For Return, Following UFC 230 Withdrawal
By FCF Staff
When Dustin Poirier was forced out of a November 3rd bout with Nate Diaz due to a hip injury, the lightweight contender reported he wouldn’t be sidelined for long, and it looks like that’s going to be the case.
Poirier was supposed to face Diaz in a highly anticipated bout at UFC 230, until the aforementioned injury forced him to withdraw. Recently the veteran fighter spoke with MMA Junkie Radio, and while discussing a timeline for his return, Poirier said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“There’s going to be some more stuff to go through, but I’m cleared to start a camp here in the next few weeks, I’m sure,” Poirier said. “I spoke to the doctor a couple days ago, he called just as a checkup and he said most of the time you see huge improvements like six-to-eight weeks out from stem cell injections and my body has taken to it real good already. I’m excited to see the six-week mark how good I’m going to be feeling.”
“I just want to do whatever I have to do to get the title shot, whatever I need to do to,” Poirier said. “That’s been my goal this whole time, but we’ll see. I haven’t spoke to the UFC about that’s next. I was seeing some stuff they were saying that they don’t want to try to rebook the Nate fight. I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I’ll be ready to roll probably the end of January, early February, I’ll be ready to roll.”
Poirier (24-5, 1 NC) is coming off a stoppage win over Eddie Alvarez in July, which extended his undefeated streak to five.