UFC on Fox 30 in Calgary this weekend featured a pivotal lightweight rematch as #4 ranked contender Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier took on former lightweight champion Eddie ‘The Underground King’ Alvarez.
The rivalry between Alvarez and Poirier extends back 14 months ago at UFC 211. However there was drama last time around and there is drama this time around as well.
Alvarez on top position on the instruction of his coach Mark Henry landed a vertical 12-6 elbow on Poirier. The elbow being illegal led to degree Mark Goddard separating them up. Seconds after that Poirier unleased a barrage of strikes on Alvarez leading to the finish.
The finish being controversial, Poirier was seen exchanging words with Alvarez and his camp. Here’s what he said.
“I was in the heat of the moment and Mark [Henry] came up to me and I kind of brushed him off, which was not a thing to do. I was just heated,” Poirier explained at the UFC on FOX 30 post fight press conference. “I feel like Eddie and his whole team were, they didn’t say anything but they rode with him when he said all that foul stuff about me that I wanted out, that I quit, that I broke. I felt like they’re part of that. If you’re riding with him and standing around him when he’s screaming stuff like that, I don’t like you so much either. So that was kind of the heat of that.
“But I apologized to everybody after we got to the back, to Eddie, to Mark, to all of his other cornermen. I shouldn’t have done that. That was very immature. But I was just in the heat of the moment and I just had some animosity. Some of the stuff Eddie said in the lead up to the fight. I would never quit. I’m a fighter through and through.”