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Morning Report: Eddie Alvarez explains why he’s ‘not super excited’ about Dustin Poirier rematch

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On Thursday, it was announced that Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier would finally have the rematch to their controversial no-contest at UFC 211. But while Poirier has been calling for the rematch for months, Alvarez has been less keen on the idea. Yesterday, after it was announced that Alvarez had signed the bout agreement and was waiting on Poirier to do so also, “The Underground King” took to Instagram Live to explain why he was cool on the idea of a rematch but why he agreed to it anyway.

“Regardless of what Poirier says, I was given one bout agreement with Poirier - I signed it and we fought,” said Alvarez. “You guys all saw that fight and can judge for yourself what happened.

“I think with a win over Dustin I get right in the title picture. There’s not too many guys in the division that excite me to fight. To be honest, Dustin doesn’t even excite me but he’s been winning, I respect him, and the UFC wants it to happen so I’m doing it. I really only want to fight like, Khabib [Nurmagomedov] or fight someone like Nate [Diaz], a bigger name, a name that people respect, a name that a lot of people will think highly of. So they’re probably the only two guys that would do anything for me to up what’s going on in my career. Dustin, I’m not super excited about fighting him but I will.”

Alvarez and Poirier’s first fight ended in controversy as, after losing early to Poirier, Alvarez seemed to be turning the tide only to land an illegal knee strike to the head of Poirier, stopping the bout and resulting in a no-contest. Since then, Poirier has been active in pursuing a rematch while Alvarez has been more concerned with fighting bigger, legacy building fights, most notably winning the fictitious “UFC’s Most Violent” title in three-round war against Justin Gaethje at UFC 218. After “defending” that title against Poirier later this year though, Alvarez hopes to get a shot at the real lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, a guy Alvarez says is the opposite of “Most Violent.”

“This is what happens to fans during Khabib time (*feigns sleep*). *Snore* Seriously, I have video of Khabib’s fight and someone in the crowd sleeping,” said Alvarez. “Khabib’s fighting in New York and I have video of someone (*feigns nodding off*) dipping out. People are literally sleeping during Khabib time. When I tuck my kids in at night I say, “Okay guys, it’s Khabib time’ and they know it’s time to go to sleep. That’s what happens during Khabib time. Nobody gives a f**k about Khabib time.

“I don’t care if you’re Russian. I love Russia. I fight more like a Russian than Khabib does. Russia loves me. I’ve been in Russia before. I fought in St. Petersburg. I fought for the Russian audience but I fought, I didn’t wrestle no one. Everybody goes to sleep during Khabib time.”

Nurmagomedov won the UFC lightweight title with a dominant win over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Nurmagomedov has said he intends for his first title defense to be in November of this year and with Conor McGregor’s UFC return still in question and Tony Ferguson currently recovering from knee surgery, should Alvarez beat Poirier, he would likely get the chance to prove that he is indeed Nurmagomedov’s “kryptonite.” Until then, “The Underground King” will just have to settle for defending his own title against Dustin Poirier at UFC Calgary on July 28.

“Hopefully I can defend my title on July 28. That is UFC’s Most Violent One of All, yours truly. I made the title up, I won it, I’m the self-proclaimed Most Violent Man on Earth (laughing).”


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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eddie Alvarez (29-5, 1 NC) vs. Dustin Poirier (23-5, 1 NC); UFC on FOX 30, July 28.


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FINAL THOUGHTS

A doubleheader fight weekend is upon us and it’s a pretty decent one to boot. UFC 224 is a little low on name value but high on competitive matchups and Bellator has the heavyweight GP rolling right along. Plus, this weekend also gives us another appearance of the greatest combat sport athlete alive, Vasyl Lomachenko. Enjoy all the fights this weekend y’all and see everyone on Monday.


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