Former UFC Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will go up against Dustin Poirier at UFC Calgary. The fight will serve as a rematch between the two after their first fight ended in a no-contest due to an accidental illegal knee.
While the fans are excited about the prospect of seeing Alvarez and Poirier lock horns inside the Octagon, Alvarez says that Poirier is not an opponent that excites him and threw in the names of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz into the mix.
“There’s not too many guys in the division that excite me to fight. To be honest, Dustin don’t even excite me to fight but he’s been winning, I respect him and the UFC wants it to happen and I’m doing it. I only really want to fight Khabib [Nurmagomedov] or fight someone like Nate [Diaz], a bigger name that people respect and a lot of people think highly of. They’re probably the only two guys who would do anything for me to up what’s going on in my career. Dustin, I’m not super excited about fighting him but I will,” Alvarez said during his recent Instagram Live. (via MMA Nytt)
The fight offer
Later, Alvarez also opened up about how he was offered the rematch only recently despite what Poirier has been saying.
“Regardless of what Poirier says, I was given one bout agreement with Poirier, I signed it and we fought. You guys all seen that fight, you can judge for yourself what happened. I was given the second one yesterday and I signed it. Not sure what’s going on. I agreed to the fight and that’s what we’re going to do,” he added.
Alvarez is currently 29-5 in his career and is coming off a win against Justin Gaethje. Poirier, meanwhile, is 23-5 and is on a two-fight winning streak with wins over Justin Gaethje and former champion Anthony Pettis.