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.
Just like their first fight, the rematch had drama 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.
As controversial as it may sound, it’s still an ‘L’ on the record of the former champ. Alvarez addressed his loss in a humble and sporting way on Instagram. (via Instagram):
“Losing is never satisfying , I don’t lose often but when I do I grow the most as a person/fighter . Adjustments will be made , if anything this loss will add to the joy of my next Victory ! I want to thank my team , coaches , my family , and everyone who supports me in this journey . My family especially, the sacrifice falls on the back of my wife and our children . We experience great Joy in our victories and incredible Pain in our losses but our only other option is to avoid the experience and feel nothing at all .
“We are grateful to be able to fight every time the walk is made to the octagon , and anxiously awaiting the the opportunity to make that walk again . Thank you @ufc. I was brought here , not to win , but to entertain…. Are you not entertained ???? T.H.N.Q”
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