At the time of writing, we are 37 days away from the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s third event at the iconic Madison Square Garden arena, and the promotion is yet to announce a main event for the occasion. After the news last week that former light heavyweight champion and New York native Jon Jones would be clear to return to the Octagon by late October, many assumed that “Bones” would be announced as the headliner for the Nov. 3 booking. So far however, all we’ve heard from UFC President Dana White are “100-percent” denials, a position that Jones’ manager Malki Kawa confirmed on Luke Thomas’ MMA Hour podcast on Monday.
Stepping into that vacuum this week were the two men slated to fight in the event’s co-headliner, No. 3-ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier and No. 10-ranked Nate Diaz. The pair of perennial contenders announced via tweets separated by only seven minutes that their scrap had not only been elevated to the main event, but would be for the inaugural 165-pound championship.
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