Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier and Eddie “American Knuckle Star” Alvarez squared off for the second time tonight (Sat., July 28, 2018) inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, live and free on big FOX. Alvarez had ended their first fight with illegal knees to Poirier’s dome; that bout was ruled a no-contest rather than a DQ loss for him, so here we were again. In the interim, Alvarez had beaten Justin Gaethje, while Dustin Poirier had beaten Anthony Pettis and Justin Gaethje, all of them thrilling fight-of-the-night performances. This had potential to be Fight of the Year, depending on how it shaped up, and the winner would have a very credible claim to a title shot once Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov handle their business.
They touched gloves. The crowd was buzzing. Alvarez looked for an inside calf kick to open up. he pressed forward, landing a hook and cross. Poirier ate a body shot as Alvarez came forward. Poirier landed a long left straight to a low kick. He stepped in with another long punch but Alvarez slipped. Alvarez stumbled off a low calf kick from Poirier, stepped in with a body-head combination that backed Dustin off. Poirier blocked a combination, stopped an Alvarez shot. Alvarez looked for another body shot, ate a jab. Dustin showboated, waving his rear hand, then threw a lead hook that Eddie avoided. Poirier popped his head back with another left straight, fought off an Alvarez shot. They traded punches. Eddie stepped in, landed his right hand. Eddie landed two body shots. Poirier landed a straight, then another into a low kick. Alvarez returned fire and was landing his doubled-up right, but ate a counter left in return as the round ended. The fight was off to a slamming start.
Eddie shot in and threw a hook off his takedown attempt when Dustin stuffed it. Alvarez landed a spinning backfist, caught a kick and dumped Dustin to the floor for a moment. Poirier looked to lock up a jump guillotine! Eddie stayed calm and waited it out. Poirier worked back up against the cage. Alvarez shot in and Dustin again tried the guillotine, again to no avail. Alvarez took his back and cranked the neck, then tried a rear-naked choke. Alvarez landed in half-mount with Poirier sitting against the cage. Alvarez tried a vertical elbow to the collarbone, and it cost him the position, the referee standing them back up. Poiieri landed a heavy combination, clocking and rocking Alvarez! He landed a knee! Alvarez was shelled up against the cage as Poirier poured it on! Unbelievable that Alvarez stayed upright for so long but after what seemed like fifty unanswered punches he slumped to the mat and the referee called it off! What a finish! Dustin Poirier with the second-round knockout! It was the same counter that started the Gaethje finish, his counter left straight as Eddie threw an inside low kick.
“I told you so!” Poirier shouted at the camera. He said he was upset about Eddie’s “quitting” comments, saying he would die in there. He said this is his 39th fight, he’s a young veteran and he feels at home in there. “Just look at my track record… Khabibi, where you at?” He then shouted out his fight kit option for charity. This was a great win for a great guy; Dustin Poirier may or may not get it, but he has absolutely done more than enough to earn a title shot at lightweight.
Official result: Dustin Poirier def. Eddie Alvarez via TKO at 4:05 of Round 2
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