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Eddie Alvarez calls Dustin Poirier ‘an undercard fighter’ ahead of UFC Calgary rematch

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Eddie Alvarez didn’t take kindly to Dustin Poirier’s comments about him being ‘disrespectful’ after their controversial No Contest (NC) at UFC 211.

The bout was ruled a NC after Alvarez unintentionally landed a series of illegal knees to a downed Poirier, and ‘The Underground King’ joked that ‘The Diamond’ was milking it on the stool in the moments leading up to the referee’s decision.

Poirier took that dig personally, but Alvarez maintains that there was nothing personal behind his tweet and that his opponent’s comments were ‘foolish’.

“We do what we do, but if that’s the perception he gets, I think that’s just from one fight, from one experience, from one tweet,” Alvarez told the media at the UFC on FOX 30 open workouts on Wednesday (h/t Mike Bohn and John Morgan of MMA Junkie). “I respect everything this man’s done. Everybody who’s on this journey in the lightweight division, everybody’s tough. Dustin’s went against the best guys, put on hell of fights. He’d be a fool to think that about me. He don’t know me. Personally for him to say, ‘I don’t like him personally,’ that’s foolish. He don’t know me personally.”

Despite Poirier having headlined three of his last five bouts, Alvarez called the 29-year-old ‘an undercard fighter’, claiming that he’s more suited for three, five minute rounds rather than a headlining five-round fight. Surprisingly, their first bout at UFC 211 was relegated to the undercard.

“I think Poirier’s more of an undercard fighter (with) three five-minute rounds,” Alvarez said. “I think it’s very easy to get in that habit and used to that. I consider it a vacation or a night off when the UFC allows me to be on an undercard on a three five-minute round fight. That is a blessing for me. I love that. It takes years off my life.”

If Alvarez disposes of Poirier on Saturday, the former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion expects a title shot vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is anticipated to defend his belt against Conor McGregor in late 2018.

“The next fight that makes sense for me – there’s no one – I simply just don’t see no gain anywhere except for Khabib,” he said. “That’s it. I can’t see them putting anyone else in front of me. It just don’t make any sense. For where I’m at in my career and the people I went against, I fight back-to-back-to-back the hardest resume. You name another fighter or anybody in the lightweight division who has fought the toughest guys.

“You’re hard-pressed to find that guy. I’m that guy.”

UFC on FOX: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 takes place Saturday, July 28 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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