Imagine if Dustin Poirier was fighting a returning Nate Diaz at UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden. Now imagine that the UFC decided to book Valentina Shevchenko vs Sijara Eubanks for the vacant flyweight title as the main event of that very same MSG event. Go on, imagine it. Now stop imagining it because it’s real. This is real life. I’m sorry. I’m sorry that this is happening to you.
Where does one begin? Just last month the UFC booked an impromptu welterweight championship fight for a pay-per-view because a women’s flyweight title fight wasn’t a satisfactory main event. Here we are a month later – again, with Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier already on the card – and a women’s flyweight title fight is booked as the headliner for one of the UFC’s tent pole events. Except for this time the actual champion isn’t involved.
Words fail me. I thought about just composing this article of GIFs to express myself. Maybe we’ll do some at the end. Usually, I have a point with my writing. I have a beginning, a middle and an end, with a payoff and a big message. Today, I have nothing to tell you, I cannot make sense of senselessness.
UFC 230 I am surprised motherf**ker
Diaz and Poirier were trying to motivate the UFC to give them the main event slot at UFC 230 with a brand new 165 lb belt on the line. Fans were receptive too, and the fighters were doing a better job promoting their bout over social media than the UFC are. Even if you don’t wanna break the emergency glass and start handing out panic belts – because the UFC are so above that obviously – just give them the five-round main event. It’s Nate Diaz, one of your biggest stars – may be your second biggest star. Instead, we get this.
Dana White has made some poor decisions over the years, but nothing like this. We can assume pantheon level pettiness on the part of the UFC president. Historically reticent to give a Diaz brother what they want, the UFC is essentially cutting their nose off to spite their face. Maybe the promotion would be better off if it wasn’t run by a toddler.
I am a legitimate Valentina Shevchenko fan, but, her and Sijara Eubanks for the main? Man, Dana must really hate the Diaz brothers. UFC 230 is still a really good card, but… Pfffffffft. Here are some GIFs roughly representing my timeline of emotions I guess.