Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier 2 Titles UFC on FOX 30 on July 28, 2018 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
A Sentence Summary
Phil : Violence Part 2: The Re -Violenzing
David : Crimson Tide 2: Actor Mental Washington and Gene Hacked-Man
Record : Eddie Alvarez 29-5-1 NC | Dustin Poirier 23-5-1 NC
Odds : Eddie Alvarez +150 | Dustin Poirier -160
History / Introduction to Both Fighters
David : Alvarez entered the MMA world as part of the "new race". Like Wrestling's version of Blade, he had all his singlet strengths, and none of their weaknesses. His early run in DREAM was the stuff to … dreaming ̵
Phil : Eddie Alvarez had a tough career fighting a large selection of killers in Japan. He had a tough career fighting a large selection of murderers in Bellator. The UFC has not counteracted this trend. Cerrone, Melendez, Pettis, RDA, McGregor, Poirier, Gaethje and now again Poirier. This is not the schedule that most people expect in their 15th year of sport. Or, you know, sometimes it is, but then it's generally wall-to-wall crushing blows. Instead, The Underground King still seems to be close to its peak. The struggles of Melendez and Pettis have been disappointingly tactical, but pretty much everything has since been a glorious force, winning or losing. Even then, he has given us so much entertainment over the years that he has earned the right to pray his way through every single battle he has from now on. Most people do not give us a fight of the Year Candidate in the course of their careers, Alvarez gave us a minimum of three (Gaethje, Chandler II, Kawajiri).
David : Some fighters spend so much time in the UFC, you underestimate them of course. We've seen them lose, so it's easy to focus on their mistakes. Poirier was a big name in the UFC for the right reasons. He's an action junkie, but not mindless, so it's always a pleasure to let him fight on a map. Besides, this feels like a great fight to pass the time, rather than a big fight to clear the division. Both boys beat Justin Gaethje, so this is the place to see the spectacle of violence next.
Phil : Dustin Poirier is someone else who has almost never given us a boring fight. He was a prospect in the early years of the UFC 80-100 boom, back when MMA's novelty had not subsided yet and started to tease mainstream acceptance. So while his companion Erik Koch wrote a book about him, Poirier was the subject of a documentary called (I think) Fightland. Hard to imagine that something like a regional Louisiana lightweight happens today. It's not a smashing machine, but it's definitely worth a look. This was also a time before people realized how many talented fighters would invade the lighter divisions. His contemporaries, like Koch, faltered, and Poirier himself was pushed back several times. He burst into tears in his mother's arms after he lost to the Korean zombie and was embarrassed by McGregor, but somehow stayed in the class and only got calmer and better. Now he's at the top of the title competition as he becomes the sort of person who will auction his battle gear for charity. It's hard not to look back on his rise and not be a bit moved.
What's at stake
David : A lot. It just depends on how it turns out. If they only fight with their remaining torsos – a dramatic but quite possible scenario – they will definitely be in line. If it's just a good fight, and nothing more, they'll need tunesups waiting for what the hell the law and McGregor are doing.
Phil : Alvarez says he'll only accept a throw on Nurmagomedov with a win, which is … hmm. I do not think that happens. I think Nurmagomedov will probably fight against a fellow who was recently released with a slap in the wrist for his dolly-related offenses. The winner is likely to fight Tony Ferguson while the loser battles Kevin Lee.
Where do you want that?
David : I feel like Alvarez & Wrestling is a direct result of his beating skills. He popularized the wrestler by learning not to seek submissions, but to beat like Cain Velasquez. His blow has become a liquid monster. He dives, weaves, grades, deceives, stutters, strides, pans, and all sounds like the most advanced punch in MMA (well, simple boxing, if we're honest) until Alvarez inevitably reaches the boiling point at which he's either hurt , or eager to do the injury – give his opponent extra opportunities – and hell breaks loose. In his best form Alvarez can kick his opponent and weave his punches through the traffic like a Ducati. This allows him to branch out with more entries, either by punches or takedowns. His problem is that he is not really a double threat. He is a very good grappler and a solid technical wrestler, but he does not explode with his takedowns or bridge those gaps. In addition, he tends to be hit in a sequence often with the first blow. His defense is good despite his reputation, but his stature / posture makes him more vulnerable than most fighters. I think part of the problem is that he is a counter-fighter in a racket. He has the skills, but not the patience.
Phil : Alvarez is an anti-brawler. A clever fighter, he struggled in the Japanese scene against a bizarre selection of well-defined threats, from kickboxing by Joachim Hansen to wrestling with Shinya Aoki. The power of Kawajiri and … whatever Kikuno does. What Alvarez evolved in response was a deep, wide game, but with some limitations: it only worked within a certain range, and he only had a limited set of tricks to close once the opponent decided to stay out. Once in range, he is an effective clinch, shot and defensive wrestler with a penchant for hockey strikes in the clinch. He's a hugely effective combination boxer, one of the best body punchers in the sport, and he's one of the few fighters who can escape the pressure once he is trapped in the cage – he plays, he changes direction and he actually beats like him is moving. Like his sometimes coaching partner Frankie Edgar, his insane harshness and calm under fire has helped him to be a smart, adaptable fighter. Even against tough matchups like Melendez and Pettis, he has found ways to beat victories.
David : I do not know if I repeat myself, but where Alvarez is a counter-striker in the body of a brawler, Poirier is a thug in the body of a counterattack. Poirier moves forward with violent precision, so he has trouble getting involved. He's like a hatred version of Jose Aldo. Where Aldo is content with a defined closeness, Poirier will seek and destroy only with enough skill to escape the Gaethje Thunderdome. That's how Poirier caught Alvarez for the first time; he moved backward and backed up with quick precision to camp a brutal straight left. If he is in control, Poirier's attack throws a wide net of fighting styles; and it gets better when he's in the clinch. He has the same problem that Alvarez has; The instinct of this bully means that he has blind spots when it comes to defending entries.
Phil : Dustin Poirier was once the kind of fighter Eddie Alvarez devours. During his featherweight career and most of his easy-going, he was a full-blooded-pressure fighter who came behind a left-handed cannon and a vicious clinching and wrestling game, one that has many similarities with Alvarez, albeit with one a little more focus on the snap-down and d & # 39; Arce Thrush. The love for single-collar hockey punches is shared by both men. However, Poirier's historical problems were that things went awry the second he was denied his forward pressure. He would throw a double forearm guard and freeze behind him, Joe Lauzon's style, until the opponent had given up beating him. Sometimes they would not. You could see him getting into his own head as he probed shots and then breathed deeply and worriedly. The most impressive thing about Poirier is that he has gone a good way to remedy this big psychological mistake. You can still see how he worries about his battles … but you can also see how he calms down.
More than that, he has become a more sophisticated technical fighter who has at least two gears where he can fight. He is no longer just the pressure fighter, but someone who can box at a distance: He mixes shots with his strength more easily, is much harder to hit than he used to be, and can use this forearm guard to block and then with one Counter come back instead of as a panic shell.
Insight from past struggles
David : It's hard to ignore the first fight. Both fighters were injured, but Alvarez was injured during the storm. Poirier is the one who created it. That's the difference to me. I do not see Alvarez closing the gap and scoring points with his own punch entries because he was never that kind of fighter. He has tools to score in the middle range (his ticks are good, especially when he throws up), but it's not the way he initiated it. Look at a good Alvarez brawl: The chaos started when Alvares was dropped by a left Kawajiri hook; the chaos started against Dida when Dida grabbed him with his right hand; against Dustin, the straight left; against Hansen it started with all blows . And so on. I can not trust Alvarez, on this kind of "as long as it's a brawl, I have a shot" founding to be successful.
Phil : The main thing about their first fight for me is that Poirier won really, really easily, and that Alvarez was only a few inches before going out. I think Alvarez's return may be a bit over the top as he has never hurt Poirier so much. The Gaethje fight was also encouraging from Poirier's point of view: he got into trouble against someone who would take over the fighting but stay calm and break the bat further.
Alvarez is a great game planner, but it seems Poirier's new style is exceptionally hard for him. Basically, Poirier just has to improve his performance a little bit and he beats out Alvarez. It feels like Alvarez needs to make something more dramatic, and I'm not even sure what that might be. How does he close the distance with his (rather risky) right hand? It's not really a question we've ever asked him.
David : Nothing substantial except for the thousand strikes that every man has made in his long careers.
Phil : Only if Alvarez's career will finally begin to catch up with him. He looked great against Gaethje, one of the best all-round achievements of his career, but once again we are talking about a man who began his career in 2003's year.
David : Alvarez needs more than one game plan. He needs the instincts to find an urgent / wise middle-range attack that is not so prone to fast hit entries. It is really easy for me. As with any good battle plan, know your exits. Poirier has more opportunities to enter and leave more ways. Alvarez is smoked. Or to smoked meat, as this human HTML code might say. Dustin Poirier of KO, Round 1 .
Phil : This is a very difficult puzzle for Alvarez to solve. Body shots? Takedowns? Are you trying to draw Poirier in counters? All this seems to be difficult to face when confronted with the problem Alvarez has been plaguing since Kikuno: how to approach a tough, dangerous striker who does not necessarily want to be shut down? I worry that Poirier has a great chance this time, and that enough time has passed before the little splinter that last held Alvarez out of the void is gone. Dustin Poirier of TKO, round 1.