Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier 2 Headlines UFC on FOX 30, July 28, 2018 at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
One Sentence Summary
Phil : Violence Part 2: Re-Violence
] David : Crimson Tide 2: Starring Mental Washington and Gene Hacked-Man
Title Information : Eddie Alvarez 29-5-1 NC | Dustin Poirier 23-5-1 NC
Odds : Eddie Alvarez +150 | Dustin Poirier -160
History / Introduction to both fighters
David : Alvarez entered the MMA world as part of the "new breed". Like the wrestling version of Blade, he had all his single strengths, and none of their weaknesses. His early driving in DREAM was things of … dreams ̵
Phil : Eddie Alvarez had a hard career where he struck a wide selection of killer in Japan. He had a hard career in which he struck a wide selection of murderers in Bellator. UFC has not bucked this trend. Cerrone, Melendez, Pettis, RDA, McGregor, Poirier, Gaethje and now Poirier again. It is not the kind of schedule that most people face in their fifth year of sport. Or, you know, sometimes it's, but then it's generally wall-to-wall depressing abuse. Instead, The Underground King still seems to be close to its peak. The Melendez and Pettis fights were disappointing tactical, but quite a lot since then there has been glorious violence, win or lose. Even then, he has given us so much entertainment over the years that he has earned the right to lay and ask him through every match he has from now on. Most people do not give us a fight for the year candidate during his career, Alvarez has given us a minimum of at least three (Gaethje, Chandler II, Kawajiri).
David : Some fighters spend so much time in the UFC, you naturally fail them. We have seen them lose, so it's easy to focus on their shortcomings. Poirier has been a founder of the UFC for all the right reasons. He is an action junkie, but not a brainless, so it's always a pleasure to make him fight a card. Having said that, it feels like a good struggle to cope with time rather than a good struggle to clarify the division. Both guys hit Justin Gaethje, so this is just the natural place to take the moment of violence.
Phil : Dustin Poirier is someone else who has almost never given us a boring game. He was a prospect back in the first hejda years of the UFC 80-100 boom, back when the news of MMA had not yet been worn off and began to sneak at usual acceptance. So while his colleague Erik Koch had a book about him, Poirier was the subject of a documentary called (I think) Fightland. Hard to imagine the kind of things that happen nowadays about a regional Louisiana lightweight. There is no Smashing Machine, but it's definitely worth a look. It was also a time before people realized how many talented fighters would filter into the lighter parts of the game. His contemporaries like Koch faltered, and Poirier himself puts himself back on several occasions. He burst into tears in his mother's arms after losing the Korean zombie and was embarrassed by McGregor, but in some way the course stopped and became quiet better and better. Now he is kidding the title of claim, while becoming the kind of person who is auctioning from his charity gear equipment. It's hard not to look back on its climb and not be touched.
What's at stake?
David : Type a lot. It only depends on how it goes down. If they struggle with just their torso's remains – a dramatic but quite possible scenario – they will definitely be in line. If it's just a good game, and nothing more, they need settings waiting for anything in hell, the law and McGregor do.
Phil : Alvarez says he only accepts a shot at Nurmagomedov with a victory, which is … hmm. I do not think it's happening. I think Nurmagomedov is likely to fight someone else who recently released for his dolly-related offenses with a blow on his wrist. The winner probably fights Tony Ferguson, while loser hits Kevin Lee.
Where do they want it?
David : I think Alvarez's wrestling was a direct result of his striking skills. He kind of popularized the wrestler learning grip not to look for submissions but to place for punch ala Cain Velasquez. As such, his striking has become a fluid monster. He dips, weaves, degrees, feints, stutters, steps, pivots, and it all sounds like the most advanced striking in MMA (well, basic boxing if we are honest) until Alvarez inevitably reaches the boiling point where he is either injured, or eager to make opposition to its opponents extraordinary – and the whole hell is lost. At best, Alvarez's bite can blow out of his opponent, weaving his battles through traffic like a Ducati. By doing so he can dig out with more posts, either through punches or takedowns. His question is that he is not a double threat. He is a very good grappler, and a solid technical breaker, but he does not explode with his takedowns, or bridges the entry shortages. In addition, he tends to meet the first punch in a sequence a lot. His defense is good despite his reputation, but his stature / attitude leaves him vulnerable more often than most people struggle. I think part of the question is that he is an opponent in a brawler body. He has skills for it, but not patience.
Phil : Alvarez is an anti-brawler. A smart fighter came up and fought a bizarre selection of clearly defined threats in Japan's scene, from kickboxing by Joachim Hansen, to the arrest of Shinya Aoki. Kawajir's power, and … whatever Kikuno does. What Alvarez built on response was a deep wide game, still having a number of reservations: it worked only efficiently in a certain area, and he had only a limited amount of tricks to close once the opponent decided to stay outside. When within reach, he is an effective clinch, shot and defensive wrestler, with a sense of hockey in the clinic. He is an extremely effective combination boxer, one of the best body punches in the sport, and he is one of the few fighters who can actually escape from pressure once caught on the cage – he feels he changes direction and he actually strikes as he moves. Like his sometimes training partner Frankie Edgar, his insane stubbornness and peace of mind have helped him to be a smart, adaptable fighter. Even against tough matchups like Melendez and Pettis, he has figured out ways to suck out victories.
David : I do not know if I repeat myself, but where Alvarez is an opponent in a brawler body, Poirier is a brawler in an opponent's body. Poirier goes forward with violent precision that he has difficulty in taking. He is like a distance-hitting version of Jose Aldo. Where Aldo is pleased to perform a definite vicinity, Poirier will only search and destroy with enough enough knowledge to avoid Gaethje thunderdome. Then Poirier took the first time Alvarez; He moved backwards and resumed with a quick precision to the house a brutal straight left. When in control, Poiriers attack throws a wide network of ballstics; and it will be better when he is in the clinic. He has the same problem Alvarez has; The brawler instinct means that he has a blender in defending posts.
Phil : Dustin Poirier used to be the kind of fighter Eddie Alvarez consumes. During his feathery career, and most of his easy driving, he completed a squad who came in behind a left cannon gun and an evil clinic and crime game, one that resembles Alvarez, albeit with a little more focusing on snap-down and dcece choke. The love for single-necked hockey players is shared by both men. Poirier's historical problems were, however, that the other was denied his oppression, things began to go wrong. He would throw a double forearm guard and freeze behind it, Joe Lauzon style, until the opponent struck him up. Sometimes they would not do it. You could see him coming into his own head as he would snatch and then take a deep, worried breath. The most impressive thing about Poirier is that he seems to have gone a good way to pinch these big psychological errors. You can still see him get a little worried in his fight … but you can also see him calm down.
More than that, he has become a more developed technical fighter who has at least two gears he can fight. No longer is he just the pressure fighter, but is someone who can actually rotate in range: he blends into lighter shots with his power, is much harder to beat than he used to be, and can use the forearm guard to block and then return with a counter rather than a panic scale.
Insights from previous fights
David : It's difficult to ignore the first match. Both fighters were injured, but Alvarez was injured during the storm. Poirier is the one who created it. That's the difference for me. I do not see Alvarez close the distance and score big with his own battles because he's never been that kind of fighter. He has tools to score goals in midrange (his leg is good, especially when he throws up), but that's not how he begins. Look at some good Alvarez battle: The chaos began when Alvares was released by a Kawajiri left hook; The chaos started against Dida when Dida caught him with an upper hand against Dustin, the right left; against Hansen it began with all kinds . And so on. I can not rely on Alvarez to succeed in this kind of "as long as it's a fight, I've got a shot" reason.
Phil : The main part about their first fight for me is that Poirier really won, very easy, and that Alvarez was within a few minutes to go out. I think that Alvarez's recurring surplus might have been a little overrated, because he did not hurt Poirier so badly. The Gaethje battle was also encouraging from Poyer's perspective: he was in trouble, against someone who famously took over fights, but kept calm and continued to break the brawler down.
Alvarez is a good gameplanner, but it appears that Poirier's new style is extremely tough for him. Essentially, all Poirier must do is improve his performance a little bit and he turns out Alvarez. It feels like Alvarez has to come out with something much more dramatically, and I'm not even sure what it might be like. How does he close away from his side with his (rather risky) darting right hand? It's not a question we've ever seen him answer.
David : Nothing significant except the thousands of blows each man has taken in his long career.
Phil : Only if Alvarez's career finally begins to catch up with him. He looked good at Gaethje, one of the finest all-round performances in his career, but once we talk about a man who started his career in Our Lord's year 2003.
David ]: Alvarez needs more than a game plan. He needs the instincts to figure out an urgent / skillful space attack that does not leave itself so vulnerable to quick action. It's really easy for me. Like all good fighting plans, know your exits. Poirier has more ways to get in, and more ways to finish. Alvarez gets smoked. Or get smoked meat as this human html code can say. Dustin Poirier of KO, round 1 .
Phil : This is a very tough puzzle for Alvarez to solve. Body Shots? Takedowns? Are you trying to draw Poirier in a counter? All of these seem to be tricky when faced with the problem that has been Alvarez's ever since Kikuno: how to shut down an unfortunate dangerous attacker who does not necessarily want to be locked in. I'm worried that this time Poirier lands a big shot early, and enough time has passed because the little sliver that kept Alvarez out of the void last time is no longer there. Dustin Poirier of TKO, Round 1.