Surging lightweight contender Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier will run back his controversial “No Contest” with former division kingpin Eddie Alvarez this July, as a rematch between the exciting pair has been made official for UFC on Fox 30 in Calgary.
Lafayette favorite Poirier has cemented his spot among the elite at 155lbs in his continued winning streak, impressively stopping one time gold holder Anthony Pettis and just last April, picked up a late knockout victory over the rugged Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje to extend his undefeated run to four.
The two upper echelon challengers initially clashed back at UFC 221, in for the most part before the controversial stoppage, a brutally even sharpshooter contest. Poirier hurt Eddie badly in a wild exchange before “The Underground King” kept his cool and wobbled the former featherweight, sending him reeling back to the Octagon fence, allowing Eddie to secure a double leg. As Poirier looked to walk the fence to get back to his feet, Alvarez landed three knees (two of which were illegal as Poirier was a grounded opponent) with Herb Dean immediately calling a halt to the dramatic match up. A “No Contest” was declared in Texas as both men were rumored to run it back in the future.
MMA pioneer Alvarez subsequently got back to winning ways after his UFC 205 defeat to Conor McGregor in an absolute barn burner with the game, aforementioned Gaethje. Both men traded huge shots throughout the five round affair with Alvarez ripping to the body on multiple occasions, before a knee in the clinch slumped Justin to the canvas before the fifth round buzzer.
In brief contention to replace the injured Tony Ferguson at UFC 222, Alvarez was eventually overlooked ahead of Al Iaquinta who lost a decision to the undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Expect fireworks yet again in this one, but let’s hope the score is settled this time.