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Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier verbally agreed for UFC 211

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An already strong UFC 211 card in Dallas is close to adding another barnburner of a fight.

Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier have verbally agreed to meet on the May 13 card. confirmed an initial report Tuesday by ESPN.

For Alvarez, the bout will mark his first fight since he lost the lightweight title to Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 205 at New York’s Madison Square Garden in November. The Philadelphia native went on an impressive three-fight run as you’ll ever see before dropping the title, defeating former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez, former UFC and WEC champ Anthony Pettis, then knocking out Rafael dos Anjos to claim the UFC crown.

Poirier (21-5) is finally reaching the level predicted of him when he debuted at a young age in the WEC. Since moving back up to lightweight, the Louisiana native has won four of his past five fights, including UFC 208 Fight of the Night honors in a majority decision over Jim Miller.

A finish seems probable, one way or another: Alvarez has 15 knockouts and seven submissions to his credit, while Poirier has 10 knockouts and six submissions.

Alvarez vs. Poirier will join a card which already includes the heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos; the strawweight title matchup between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade, and the welterweight matchup of Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal.