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UFC on FOX 30 results: Dustin Poirier prevails in wild rematch over Eddie Alvarez

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Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez
Dustin Poirier defeated Eddie Alvarez in the UFC on FOX 30 main event Saturday night.
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This time, there was a decisive conclusion.

Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez took their heated rivalry, one steeped in a controversial first matchup last year, back into the Octagon in the main event of UFC on FOX 30 on Saturday night.

And while their first fight at UFC 211 ended in a second-round no-contest following an illegal knee by Alvarez, this time Poirier took matters into his own hands.

In one of the wildest rounds of mixed martial arts action you’ll ever see, Poirier and Alvarez went at it with reckless abandon in the second round at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, until Poirier turned up the heat and got the job done.

The time of the stoppage on one of the most memorable two-round fights in UFC history finished with Poirier taking a TKO victory at 4:05 of the second round.

“He said I quit,” Poirier said in reference to their first bout. “I’ll die in here first, this is what I do. I’m living this every day and I’ll never quit.”

Both competitors managed to land solid shots in the opening round as they found their range and distance. Alvarez found success landing combos to the body and following with rights to the head, while Poirier countered with push kicks and punches in bunches of his own.

Then things got real in the second round. Alvarez shot forward and Poirier jumped into a guillotine. He improved his position as he hit the mat. But Alvarez got out, reversed position, and applied a tight neck crank on Poirier.

Poirier escaped there, but Alvarez stayed on his downed foe, landing several shots. Alvarez, though, threw an illegal 12-6 elbow, which occurred right around the same point in the first bout that Alvarez threw his illegal knee.

“The elbow landed on my shoulder, it didn’t hurt,” said Poirier, who clearly hadn’t dropped the grudge. “After the fight [Alvarez] said ‘they stood you up’ like I won the fight because of that. Don’t throw the 12-6 elbow.”

Referee Marc Goddard ordered a standup after the illegal blow, and Poirier came out like a bat out of hell, rocking Alvarez with a right, landing a high knee, then throwing one right hand after another. Alvarez retreated along the cage but Poirier simply poured it on until the bout was finally waved off.

Poirier (24-5, 1 NC) has now won five in a row, minus the no-contest, and he wants a shot at current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“Just look at my track record,” Poirier said. “Eddie Alvarez, former champ. Anthony Pettis, former champ. Justin Gaethje former champ. ... What else do I have to do here? Khabib where you at?”

Alvarez (29-6, 1 NC), the former UFC and Bellator champion who was in the final fight of his UFC contract, has now dropped two of three, minus the no-contest.