Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Low-weight talents Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier will collide TONIGHT (July 28, 2018) at the UFC on FOX 30 in Scotia Bank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
It's quite unusual for us to see a rematch without having a winner from the beginning, but with Alvarez and Poiriers "No Contest" back in 2017, men have gone quite similarly. Alvarez became the first man to defeat Justin Gaethje in an incredibly incredible achievement, one rejuvenating his title hopes. Poirier achieved the difficult task of sending out "The Highlight", albeit after Alvarez, but he also made a big victory over Anthony Pettis before this match.
The rematch is the only battle meaningful to both men, and
Let's look at the keys to victory for each man.
Record : 29-5 (1
Important Winnings : Rafael Dos Anjos (UFC Fight Night 90), Justin Gaethje (UFC on FOX 29), Anthony Pettis UFC Fight Night 81), Michael Chandler (Bellator 106), Gilbert Melendez (UFC 188), Shinya Aoki (Bellator 66)
Key Losses : Conor McGregor (UFC 205), Donald Cerrone (UFC 178), Michael Chandler (Bellator 58)
Keys to victory : An all-time great Lightweight that has caught the belt of all major organizations he has competed in, Alvarez is a hard-striking box is on a large scale. When the situation is called for that, Alvarez is also willing to grind his teeth and fight or slip for ugly takedowns.
Just like a warning, much of what is mentioned below in both Alvarez and Poiriers keys to segments is also covered by their respective technologies highlighting videos.
For both men, the goal is to draw the other to powerful opposition. In Alvarez's fall, it means that his movement and range must be better than Poiri's left cross / left neck double shot, a tactic of "The Diamond", the worrying Alvarez, takes a lot of time.
To ignore it, Alvarez has to do a better job of landing in a row. He kicked more actively in that team, but Alvarez threw his head too much. He would be much better off going to the body or especially Poiri's head bone, which would interfere with Poirier's own kick and give Alvarez a chance to breathe.
In addition, Alvarez must avoid falling in his right hand that opened up counts from Louisiana native in the first round. Instead, Alvarez would be better at mixing jabs in his handshake or digging his right hand in the body. If he can keep his feet moving while firing well, Poirier will increase his aggression, and that's what Alvarez wants.
Record : 23-5 (1)
Important Winnings: Justin Gaethje (UFC on FOX 29), Anthony Pettis (UFC Fight Night 120), Joseph Duffy 195, Bobby Green (UFC 199), Carlos Diego Ferrira (UFC Fight Night 63)
Major Losses: Conor McGregor (UFC 178), Michael Johnson (UFC Fight Night 94), Cub Swanson (UFC on FUEL TV 7), Chan Sung Jung (UFC on FUEL TV 3)
Keys to Victory : Poirier has a well-deserved reputation as one of Lightweights hardest punchers. In addition, Poirier is a qualitative offensive wrestler with a nasty top game and legitimate submission skills.
DUSTIN POIRIER VIDEO
Damn near everything went perfect for Poirier in the first game until he tired to finish Eddie Alvarez. His left kick disturbed the boxer, made him desperate and made him sing into Poirier's own left hand. It resembled the disastrous Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez battle – perfect for Poirier.
Then he called Alvarez, pulled into a fight, and suddenly the tables turned a little.
With that in mind, Poirier's strategy was almost simple: stick to what worked. If he can hang behind his jab, cross and left, the pressure on Alvarez kicks off to adjust from his usual attitude.
Bottom Line: The winner deserves a title shot. Should he have one? At the moment, it seems unlikely because McGregor can now return. It's absurdly unfair and probably means that the win is facing another incredibly difficult game before earning a title shot – someone in line with Kevin Lee or Tony Ferguson.
There is at least one silver lining. It's bad blood, and every man should be more than motivated to powder the other. In addition, McGregor returns is not a certain thing with an exact timeframe. There is still a chance of betting or McGregor doing something else stupid outside the cage and leaves a way to the title for tonight's winner.
At the UFC on FOX 30, Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier will meet for the second time. Which one will see his hand up?