UFC Calgary’s main event finally saw a resolution between the rivalry of Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirer. And perhaps a new All-Violence champion!
Over year ago at UFC 211, Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirer met in a fight that was hotly contested, going great til a concussed Alvarez landed illegal knees. The fight was called to a close as Poirer couldn’t continue. Flash forward to now, Alvarez last fought at UFC 218 with a win over Justin Gaethje in one of the best fights of the year, while Poirer was now on a two fight win streak. The two finally met in the main event of UFC Calgary.
Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirer had a very competitive first round where both men had their success. There was a bit of respect shown at first, likely due to their first meeting. Poirier opened with a kick, Eddie answered with a combo. Ultimately it was a close round. However the second round is where the the fight turned from good to great. Poirer looked for a guillotine against the fence but couldn’t get it; he tried it again later, same result. Alvarez turned that into mount and was landing big punches and elbows however due to illegal elbows was stood up.
Those illegal elbows would prove horrible for Alvarez, as the fight was stood up and Poirer hurt him almost immediately. He put on the pressure and Alvarez tried to fight back, then covered up but continued moving. Eventually he’d go down, however, and the fight was called by Mark Goddard. What a fight and what a finish by Dustin Poirer.
With Conor McGregor and Khabib fighting next, it’s likely that Dustin Poirer is next for the winner of that bout, which is expected to happen in October.
Dustin Poirer def. Eddie Alvarez by TKO, Round , 4:19