Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight stars Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier meet at UFC on July 28, 2018 at FOX 30 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
It's rare for us to have a rematch without a winner from the first fight, but that's the case with Alvarez and Poirier's "No Contest" in 2017. Since then, the men have gone quite a ways. Alvarez was the first man to beat Justin Gaethje in a truly incredible performance that revived his title hopes. Poirier made the difficult task of sending "The Highlight" as well, albeit after Alvarez, but he also scored a great victory over Anthony Pettis before that fight.
The rematch is the only fight that makes sense for both men it guarantees the winner a chance to be skipped by Conor McGregor for the lightweight league jump.
Let's take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man.
Record : 29- 5 (1
Key Wins : Rafael dos Anjos (UFC Fight Night 90), Justin Gaethje (UFC on FOX 29), Anthony Pettis (UFC Fight Night 81), Michael Chandler (Bellator 106), Gilbert Melendez (UFC 188), Shinya Aoki (Bellator 66)
Key Losses : Conor McGregor (UFC 205), Donald Cerrone (UFC 178), Michael Chandler Bellator 58)
Key to Victory : An all-time lightweight that has conquered the belt of every major organization in which he has come, Alvarez is a tough box uh with a great backlash. When needed, Alvarez is also ready to grind his teeth or fight ugly takedowns.
Just as a warning, much of what is discussed below in both Alvarez & # 39; s Poirier's Key to Sections Of Victims
For both men, the goal is to pull the others into powerful counterblows. In Alvarez's case, this means that his movement and range must be stronger than Poirier's double strike, a tactic of "The Diamond" that disturbed Alvarez last time.
To deny that, Alvarez has to do a better landing job. He was more active in this fight, but Alvarez threw himself too much in the head. He would be a lot better on the body or especially on the leg of Poirier, which would interrupt Poirier's own kick and give Alvarez a chance to breathe.
In addition, Alvarez must avoid falling into his right hand, which opened counters from the Louisiana native in the first fight. Instead, Alvarez would better mix jabs into his hand-fights or dig his right hand into his body. If he can keep his feet moving while landing good shots, Poirier will increase his aggression, and that's what Alvarez wants.
Record : 23-5 (1)
Key Wins: Justin Gaethje (UFC on FOX 29), Anthony Pettis (UFC Fight Night 120), Joseph Duffy (UFC 195), Bobby Green (UFC 199), Carlos Diego Ferrira (UFC Fight Night 63)
Key Losses: Conor McGregor (UFC 178), Michael Johnson (UFC Fight Night 94), Cub Swanson (UFC on FUEL TV 7), Chan Sung Jung (UFC on FUEL TV 3)
Key to Victory : Poirier has a well-deserved reputation as one of Lightweight's strongest power puncher. In addition, Poirier is a quality offensive wrestler with a nasty top game and legitimate submission skills.
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Damn near everything went perfect for Poirier in the first round until he tired to finish Eddie Alvarez. His left footsteps blocked the boxer, made him desperate and let him jump into Poirier's own left hand. It was like Conor McGregor's catastrophic fight against Eddie Alvarez – perfect for Poirier.
Then he shook Alvarez, got involved in a brawl, and suddenly the tables turned a little.
In this sense, Poirier's strategy is largely simple: stick to what works. If he can lag behind his jab, cross and left kicks, the pressure on Alvarez is to turn away from his usual routine.
Bottom Line: The winner deserves a title shot. Will he get one? At the moment it seems unlikely, since McGregor can now return. This is absurdly unfair and probably means that the winner faces another incredibly difficult fight before earning a title shot – someone after Kevin Lee or Tony Ferguson.
There is at least one silver lining. There is bad blood, and every man should be more than motivated to pulverize the other. Besides, McGregor's return is not a definite time frame. There is still a chance that Negotiations or McGregor will do something stupid outside the cage and pave the way for the title for today's winner.
Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier compete for the second time at UFC on FOX 30. Which man will see his hand lift?