Dustin Poirier earned a measure of revenge in Calgary.
In a rematch of their 2017 bout that was rendered a no contest due to an illegal knee by Eddie Alvarez, Poirier took down his foe with a flurry of strikes in the second round, dropping Alvarez with a final left elbow.
Their first bout in May 2017 was a Fight of the Year candidate and the rematch may have been even better. The bitter foes traded submission attempts in the first round and threw the kitchen sink at one another in the second.
Alvarez had Poirier pinned against the fence in a mount position with 1:42 left in the second round when a break in the action was called after Alvarez dropped a 12-to-6 elbow on Poirier’s shoulder.
The ref stood the pair back up, and less than a minute later, Poirier hurt his opponent with a knee to the body and followed it up with a never-ending string of strikes.
The resulting TKO had “The Diamond” calling for a title shot.
The bout was the last fight on Alvarez’s contract with the UFC.
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