Dustin Poirier has some good news.
On Thursday night, “The Diamond” took to Twitter to reveal he would not require surgery on the injured hip that forced out of his lightweight fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 230. Instead, the Louisiana native will opt for stem cell injections with the hopes of returning to training later this year.
So here's what's up for everybody asking— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 19, 2018
I do not have to have surgery!! I'm going to stay in LA and get stem cell injections in my hip on Monday. From that point I will have a 3 week recovery. After that I will be able to go back to training 100%.
Poirier previously appeared on The MMA Hour to break down the severity of his nagging injury.
“This is something I’ve been dealing with the last few camps, and it just progressively got worse,” said Poirier. “And then I did something with it this camp to where you know, like, I can still move around on it, I can still train, but if, say, I do a sprint, the next two days my range of motion is going to be horrible and I’m going to be in a lot of pain. It just got too bad to keep pushing at this point with it.”
In terms of competition, Poirier (24-5, 1 NC) is coming off a violent second-round TKO win over former champion Eddie Alvarez in July. This not only extended Poirier’s unbeaten streak to five, but also marked his third straight TKO win.
Prior to his win over Alvarez, fans witnessed the 29-year-old finish former champions Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis.