While Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez were complimentary of each other in the moments after their UFC 211 fight that ended in a no contest, it didn’t take them long to go back to fight-hype mode.
It started with a relatively innocuous tweet from Poirier Tuesday afternoon. “When you wanna do it @Ealvarezfight ????? I owe you some stitches.”
Poirier had Alvarez badly hurt in the second round of their fight last weekend, but Alvarez managed to weather the storm and did some damage of his own to Poirier, only in the form of a series of illegal knees. At that point the fight was stopped and ruled a no contest by referee Herb Dean, claiming that the knees from Alvarez to the head of a downed Poirier were “unintentional.”
“Next fight is you (100%),” Alvarez replied on Twitter. “Don’t get too excited Your [sic] not the first guy to hurt me badly before I finished him…knee or no knee U wanted out.”
Poirier came back with a simple reply and a promise for when they meet next. “Lol your [sic] silly. I’m gonna stop you next time.”
They may not understand the proper use of “your” and “you’re” but these guys definitely understand that they want to scrap.
Hiscoe’s Analysis: Grammar aside, this is the right fight to make. It was a hell of a fight to watch up until it was called off so they should definitely do it again. The precedent has already been set when Tim Means and Alex Oliveira got a rematch after they had a fight go to no contest, also due to illegal knees. This fight could easily be a TV main event or it could serve as a solid undercard match for an upcoming pay-per-view. Alvarez had a lot of questions to be answered after getting knocked out by Conor McGregor last year and he was razor close to getting knocked out again on Saturday so those questions are still there. Poirier has had some ups and downs, but if he can get this rematch and finish what he started on Saturday, it would give him a much-needed career boost.
WEDNESDAY NOTEBOOK ITEMS…
-UFC has announced a Fight Night show for Sept. 23 from Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
-Film director Nick Cassavetes, who was once linked to a “Roadhouse” reboot with Ronda Rousey as the lead will now be directing an MMA-themed movie titled “Bruised” starring Blake Lively as “a former MMA fighter who must return to the cage in order to keep her son.” (SOURCE)
-Josh Thomson’s appeal with the California State Athletic Commission of his February knockout loss to Patricky Freire has been denied. Thomson appealed based on an accidental head-butt that Thomson claimed put him in a “trans state” that led to the finish.
-UFC has signed strawweight Amanda Ribas to fight Juliana Lima at the Ultimate Fighter Finale on July 7 from Las Vegas.
NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S UPDATE: TUESDAY NEWS DIGEST 5/16: Dana White responds to Rockhold’s criticism of Middleweight Division booking (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)
(MMATorch’s Daily News Digest features the top story of the day with added analysis, plus smaller tidbits in the News Notes section. Mike Hiscoe, who writes the News Digest Sundays through Thursdays, has a background in film criticism and previously wrote for the DVD Town and Movie Metropolis websites. His passion for Mixed Martial Arts goes back to 2005, but it was in the promotion for UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie that he really got hooked.”This is my house, I build it,” is still among the all-time great UFC promos. You can follow Mike on social media under the tag @mikehiscoe. He now provides his experienced writing and perspective on live MMA events for MMATorch.)