Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will look to bounce back after suffering a knockout loss to Conor McGregor — and coughing up his strap in the process — at UFC 205 in Nov. 2016 when he faces Dustin Poirier at UFC 211 this weekend (Sat., May 13, 2017) in Dallas, Texas.
But, perhaps a showdown against “The Diamond” wasn’t the best of choices for Alvarez, as Poirier says the former champ made a huge mistake by choosing to face him in his comeback fight.
“He just made a mistake,” Poirier recently said in an interview with FOX Sports about the fight with Alvarez. “He signed the papers and now it’s too late.”
Not to discredit the former Bellator MMA 155-pound champion, Dustin knows the type of pedigree Alvarez comes with, but feels he has the ability to hand out damage in bunches. And that won’t be a good look for Alvarez.
“I respect him and I appreciate what he’s done in the sport and the miles he’s had to travel to do it,” Poirier said. “That being said, I’m a warrior and I’m going to go out there and damage this guy.
“He wears damage bad and I’m going to damage him,” he continued. “That’s what this fight is to me. Go in there, be slick, be crafty, I’m evolving in the sport, I’m getting better every week. I feel like I’m hitting a stride. I’ve stumbled in the past but I’m one of the best fighters in the world and I absolutely know it in my heart.”
And if all goes to plan, “Diamond” will knockout the former division champion once his body breaks down from all the damage, as Dustin is confident Eddie can’t sustain the amount of carnage coming his way.
“It won’t happen. It’s simple and plain. His body can’t take the damage,” Poirier said. “I’m bigger and stronger and my technique’s the best it’s ever been. If he goes out there and makes the wrong moves and allows me to connect, I’ll put him away. I’ll finish Eddie Alvarez. I respect that about Eddie. He comes in there looking for blood. He doesn’t break, he has a strong heart and a strong will and I’m excited about that kind of fighter. So let’s go, let’s fight,” he concluded.
Alvarez vs. Poirier will headline the “Prelims” undercard portion on FX prior to the start of the stacked PPV event.
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