Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Athletes Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier met at UFC last night (July 28, 2018) at FOX 30 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Alvarez and Poirier are a pair of the most entertaining men in the sport's best division, and their 2017 match was all-action before the disappointing conclusion. Given their excellent performances against Justin Gaethje and their high ranks in comparison to the rest of the division, a rematch with important title implications – even with the Irish elephant in the room – was an absolute must.
It was strange, but it did not disappoint.
Unlike the first fight, Alvarez opened aggressively and attacked the inside of the leading leg. Poirier circled and reacted with his own kicks, but Alvarez responded with a pair of hard body shots. Between his kicks and takedown feints in punches, Alvarez found early success within reach.
In the second half of the round, Poirier began to find more success with his straight strokes, and his outer low kick also landed well. Both men could win their licks, but Alvarez's strategy of attacking his opponent's leading leg and body helped him land at a better percentage.
Do not fool yourself, Alvarez won the round, but Poirier certainly landed hard hits [1
Then Poirier jumped immediately to a second guillotine, this time he gave up the top position on the fence. This time, Poirier was unable to climb immediately as Alvarez thrust into the rear mount. Absurdly, an illegal 12-6 elbow hit the shoulder, and Poirier immediately went on the offensive. He checked a low kick and stunned Alvarez with a follow-up left hand, and Alvarez recoiled under a hail of punches.
Similar to the first fight, Poirier landed heavily with his opponent attached to the fence. I'll be honest, I think one of his knees is directly connected to Alvarez that nobody seems to talk about. However, Poirier's rebellion was relentless and Alvarez soon fell to the mat.
Controversy or no, Poirier is your winner after two bizarrely-fueled battles.
Poirier is, in his honor, a smart man. He looked sneaky in the cage and fired hard jabs and crosses to mark the face of the Philadelphian. In addition, he may have won the uprising questionably, but he immediately made the best of it. He showed what he had learned from the fight against Gaethje, and countered with the left hand against the low kick. Once his opponent was stunned, Poirier showed how he has achieved so many knockout victories with a truly impressive finishing instinct.
Poirier earns the title fight, even if it will not happen.
Alvarez has made big changes. The indoor low kicks were great, his takedown fines and the takedown game worked wonderfully, and turning the dart's backfist was just cool. Everything went perfectly for Alvarez – as well as against Poirier – until he threw that stupid 12-6 Elbow. Alvarez had to get up, and soon afterwards everything fell apart.
Such a terrible, stupid mistake.
Last night, Dustin Poirier landed a massive knockout that was not uncontroversial. Will Poirier win a title fight or will he fight again?
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