Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier 2 Set for UFC on FOX 30 Main Event
A highly anticipated lightweight showdown between Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier is finally set with the fight expected to serve as the main event at UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on July 28.
The deal came together late Thursday afternoon according to multiple sources with both sides agreeing the fight.
There were a few obstacles that delayed the fight coming together including Alvarez insisting on reaching an agreement with the UFC on a new contract as his current deal was set to expire following his next bout.
It appears that got settled but then Poirier had already moved on from the fight after setting a deadline for Alvarez to accept the matchup as he had been waiting for more than a week with no word that the matchup was actually going to happen.
The UFC then sweetened the offer for Poirier and everybody was on board for the fight.
Alvarez and Poirier first met in May 2017 in a barnburner of a fight that ended in controversy during the second round. Alvarez stunned Poirier and then unloaded a pair of knee strikes that were deemed illegal and the Louisiana native was unable to continue.
Referee Herb Dean then declared the fight a no contest.
Ever since then, Poirier has been anxiously awaiting the chance to settle the score with Alvarez and now the two top five ranked lightweights will battle it out in July with the winner likely taking a major step towards earning a title shot in 2018.