Poirier: Hip Injury Forced Him To Withdraw From Diaz Fight

UFC had sought to book Nate Diaz up against Dustin Poirier at UFC 230, but after the fight was announced, Poirier withdrew from the fight due to an injury.

The exact details of the injury was not initially revealed, but when Poirier recently appeared on the MMA Hour, Poirier spoke on the situation. Poirier revealed that it was a hip injury he had been dealing for some time was the reason for him pulling out of the fight. Poirier added that the injury has gotten progressively worse to the point where Poirier can’t keep training the way he wants to for a big fight.

The card, taking place at Madison Square Garden on November 3, has since then gone through some changes, including a new main event that will see Daniel Cormier defend his UFC heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis.

“This is something I’ve been dealing with the last few camps, and it just progressively got worse. And then I did something with it this camp to where you know, like, I can still move around on it, I can still train, but if, say, I do a sprint, the next two days my range of motion is going to be horrible and I’m going to be in a lot of pain. It just got too bad to keep pushing at this point with it.”

Poirier, who has won eight of his last nine bouts with the lone remaining fight being a no contest against Eddie Alvarez, said pain during training camp is to be expected for any fighter.  However, the injury Poirier has won’t allow him to do certain training methods the right way and will get the injury checked out.

“Normal pain is no problem, that just comes with the job. But this actually got to the point where it was stopping me from doing the kind of training sessions I needed to be doing, and like I said, range of motion, internal rotation, a lot of stuff was just really really bothering me and it’s time to get something done about it,” Poirier said.

There is some good news in regards to Poirier’s return to the octagon as he believes he could be back before the end of 2018 comes.

“One week we got one doctor’s opinion, the next week I’m flying out to LA to get another scan and another opinion and if the second doctor agrees with the first, I think it will be a pretty quick return. We’re just going to do some stem cell stuff and I think I’ll be moving around real quick, so, I don’t think I’ll be out long at all,” Poirier said.

Original Story: MMA Fighting

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