Earlier this past May former UFC featherweight Dustin Poirier continued his ascension up the lightweight ranks when he took on ex-UFC lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez.
Alvarez and Poirier put on an epic contest at UFC 211 in Dallas but the finish of the bout left mixed martial arts (MMA) fans very disappointed. Alvarez began delivering knees to the head of Poirier as he was a downed opponent, thus resulting in a No Contest decision being made.
Shortly after, Poirier was paired up with another former 155-pound champion in Anthony Pettis, while Alvarez coached opposite Justin Gaethje in The Ultimate Fighter 26. Alvarez will face Gaethje at the season's conclusion, with the winner most likely taking on Poirier down the road.
This past weekend Poirier and Pettis put on an epic back-and-forth contest inside the Octagon, but "The Diamond" was able to pick up the submission win as Pettis was forced to tap after suffering a nasty rip injury during a transition.
After the fight Poirier expressed his desire to get redemption against Alvarez and called for the winner of "The Underground King" and Gaethje next. In the post-fight press conference Poirier admitted that he hopes Alvarez wins cause he'd like to pay him back for cheating in their last fight (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I hope Eddie wins,” Poirier said at the post-fight press conference.
“We can build this up into what it should be, a rematch I should have got before this fight even happened tonight. I should have gotten an automatic rematch.
“He shouldn’t have been rewarded with a TV show, and more publicity, and another fight against another high-ranked guy,” Poirier said.
“He cheated, and got out of a fight he was losing, and he should be forced to run it back with me. ... I’m the guy who got robbed in that fight. He got rewarded.
“One-hundred percent, I deserve it,” Poirier said. “I earned it. I’m not begging for it, I won.”
What are your thoughts on Poirier calling for a match-up with Eddie Alvarez and insinuating that he cheated in their first meeting? Do you think that Alvarez intentionally threw illegal knees to end the fight? And how do you see a rematch between the pair going down? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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