Lightweight Challengers Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier Will Face Off Again in a Grudge Match…
This should be an absolute barnstormer. Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier are two of the most watchable UFC fighters today. Ever since their last fight ended in a no-contest, there’s been a clamor for them to go again and do it right this time.
Now the news has broken that the pair will fight again, this time at UFC on Fox 30, in Calgary, Canada. After intense negotiations, the pair finally agreed on a deal to face off in a fight which will have implications for the top of the division. A win for either man could be enough to get the next title shot against Khabib Nurmagamedov.
It’s the fight that makes sense for both men. The no-contest was effectively a blemish on both their records. Now it’s time to set the record straight and finally reveal which one of them is the better mixed martial artist.
Their first fight ended in a controversial no-contest. In an entertaining clash, the fight got as far as the second round. Poirier managed to rock Alvarez, who was coming into the fight off the back of being knocked out by Conor McGregor. However, then ‘The Diamond’ was dropped himself.
Alvarez landed two illegal knees to the head of his downed opponent. Referee Herb Dean intervened and ended the fight, declaring a no-contest because he did not believe ‘The Underground King’ had intentionally attacked the downed Poirier. He just got confused by a rule change, and the Texas State Athletic Commision didn’t help.
Back and Forth
Since then the pair has been back and forth about wanting a rematch. Poirier, as you might guess, has been pushing for one, but Alvarez has been less excited by the idea of it. Now though, with the lightweight division so clogged with talent at the top, they’ve both put themselves in a position where the biggest scalp they can claim is each other.
Expect an entertaining clash, much like their last fight. Poirier’s striking appears to have improved dramatically over his last few fights. His boxing combinations against his last opponent, Justin Gaethje were mesmerizing. Meanwhile, Alvarez became the first man to put away Gaethje in his most recent war. They’ve come full circle.
This one could have major implications for both men’s futures. Right now Khabib Nurmagamedov looks like he his biding his time while the whole Conor McGregor legal mess gets sorted out. If all goes well, then that is the fight to make, no question.
However, if McGregor can’t fight in the near future, and No. 2 ranked Tony Ferguson isn’t fit to come back, then another convincing win for former lightweight champion Alvarez, or the rising star Poirier, could well be enough for them to stake their claim for a title fight. One thing is certain, they’re going to bring fireworks and someone is getting knocked out.