The apparent 12-to-6 elbow wasn’t the only foul Eddie Alvarez committed at UFC on FOX 30, according to opponent Dustin Poirier.
“The Diamond” said at the event’s post-fight press conference on Saturday night that Alvarez stuck his finger into Poirier’s ear during their rematch, which headlined the promotion’s long-awaited return to Calgary, Alberta.
“The weird thing is, when I had him in the guillotine, he stuck his finger in my ear and was pulling me down and the ref warned him,” Poirier said (transcript via MMAFighting.com). ”And he put his finger right back in my ear. So, this is an old dog that knows a lot of tricks.”
Of course, the first bout between Poirier and Alvarez in May 2017 ended in controversy. After being stunned early in the fight, former UFC champ Alvarez landed two illegal knees to Poirier’s head. Poirier was unable to continue, and the fight was declared a no contest.
And now with Alvarez committing multiple fouls in the rematch, Poirier is close to outright calling his rival a dirty fighter — but not quite.
”I don’t want to say somebody’s a dirty fighter,” Poirier said. “But the first fight, you kneed me; the second fight, you tried to elbow me illegally and you gave me a wet willy. We’ve got to draw the line somewhere.”
Some fans have argued that referee Marc Goddard’s standup due to Alvarez’s illegal elbow from mount changed Poirier’s momentum and the pace of the fight — and perhaps led to Poirier’s win.
Goddard tweeted that Alvarez did indeed commit three different infractions during that sequence, thus penalizing him by standing him up from mount.
Poirier, who tried telling Goddard he was OK after the illegal elbow, isn’t concerned about those fans. He’s ultimately closer to a shot at lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov’s title than he was before, so that’s all that really counts.
“People are always going to point to something, Poirier said. “These checks are going to cash. And I have another win on my record, and another step closer to fighting for the world title. So they can point and say what they want. I’m laughing all the way to the bank and all the way back home to my family with another win that’s been earned. Nothing’s been given and that’s that.”
Poirier is now riding a five-fight unbeaten streak (including the Alvarez no contest).