With tickets for UFC 230 going on sale today and the event still short of a main event, multiple sources have confirmed that the promotion is hoping to headline the event with a light heavyweight title scrap between perennial 205lb contender Alexander Gustafsson (18-4-0) and former middleweight title challenger, Yoel Romero (13-3-0).
Per ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the fight would see Gustafsson and Romero take top billing at Madison Square Garden, with the winner taking home either an interim 205lb title or the official light heavyweight belt. The latter option would of course require current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier to be stripped of his title.
As Helwani says, this isn’t a done deal just yet but it’s important to note that the tickets for UFC 230 do go on sale today and it’s almost unheard of for the UFC to look to sell an event with no main event in place.
This does of course contradict the other UFC 230 main event rumour circulating today, with both Nate Diaz (19-11-0) and Dustin Poirier (24-5-0) taking to Twitter to claim that their previously booked three round, lightweight co-main event has been elevated to a five round, main event for the currently non existent 165lb title.
Despite the “news” appearing to be well received by the majority of the MMA community, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto later tweeted to confirm that he had spoken with Dana White who had refuted Diaz and Poirier’s claims, explaining he is still working on adding a main event to the Madison Square Garden PPV event.
Would you rather see Romero and Gustafsson compete for the 205lb crown or Poirier and Diaz throw down for the inaugural 165lb title? Let us know in the comments.