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Dustin Poirier releases statement after pulling out of UFC 230: ‘Small setbacks happen’

Dustin Poirier did not reveal the extent of the injury that forced him out of a lightweight fight against Nate Diaz, but he expects to have news regarding when he can get back into the cage by next week.

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Dustin Poirier seems to be staying positive after being forced off UFC 230.

The UFC lightweight contender suffered an undisclosed injury in training, and his highly-anticipated co-main event fight against Nate Diaz was cancelled earlier this week. Poirier released a statement Thursday evening on Twitter, announcing that a second doctor will be looking at his injury next week.

“Small setbacks happen,” Poirier wrote. “I’m flying out to LA next week to get a second opinion on my injury and I’ll have an idea of when I can return to compete. I can’t wait to get back in the Octagon!! Thank you all for the support.”

Poirier did not reveal the extent of his injury.

Poirier does not yet know when he’ll be able to return to action, but he said he’ll have news next week after getting the second opinion.

“I will keep everyone posted,” he wrote.

Poirier, ranked No. 3 in the stacked lightweight division, is coming off a TKO win in a rematch against Eddie Alvarez at UFC on FOX 30 in July. “The Diamond” is riding a five-fight unbeaten streak, which includes wins over Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis. Poirier, 29, hasn’t lost since September 2016, when he was knocked out by Michael Johnson.

Diaz was also removed from the card after Poirier’s injury.

UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In the main event, Daniel Cormier defends his UFC heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis. In the new co-feature, former middleweight champs Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman square off in a rematch.