Over the last 24 hours, UFC President Dana White has been faced with an almost unprecedented amount of backlash from the MMA community following the announcement that a flyweight title contest between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks would be the main event for UFC 230 in New York.
Early this morning, White posted a fairly innocuous image to his Instagram account following an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last night.
Unsurprisingly, the comments section quickly became dominated by fans voicing their concerns regarding the UFC’s plans to headline their Madison Square Garden PPV with Shevchenko and Eubanks. As expected, the UFC President didn’t hold back in his responses, telling one fan to return his tickets if he wasn’t happy with the main event.
Among Dana’s responses to fans criticism of the UFC 230 main event was a slightly more amicable exchange regarding the overwhelming amount of fans calling for the co-main event of Nate Diaz vs Dustin Poirier to be a five round contest.
Exactly how the fight becomes a five round fight is unclear given that it is neither a title fight nor a main event – traditionally the only two types of fight to run for a full 25 minutes.
Fans (and Nate Diaz) will no doubt still hold out hope that White will change his position on introducing a 165lb division and use Diaz vs Poirier to crown the inaugural champion. Given White’s insistence that 165lbs isn’t even on his radar as recently as this week, that feels extremely unlikely so it remains to be seen how this will come to fruition.
Considering the nature of most of his responses in the comment section, White certainly didn’t have to say that he will work on making this a five round fight and could easily have ignored the comment all together. With that in mind, we can only take it at face value and conclude that the UFC President agrees with much of the promotions fan base in believing that Diaz and Poirier deserves to be a five round contest.