Conor McGregor Reacts To Alvarez Vs Poirier UFC 211

True to the UFC’s recent run of bad luck, one of the most important fights in the lightweight division fell to pieces in the octagon last night just as things were starting to get crazy. Headlining the preliminary card, the bout between former lightweight king Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier would be a match between two men who had tasted defeat at the hands of Conor McGregor. While Alvarez versus Poirier was a matchup that deserved its own spot on the main card of UFC 211, it definitely lived up to the hype, with the crowd going absolutely wild on multiple occasions during the early exchanges.

Alvarez looked to be warming up slowly in the first round and took some time to get into his groove. Two minutes deep into the second round, Alvarez was stung by a heavy left hand that sent him sprawling back toward the cage. “Eddie’s eyes are gone,” cried UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier while commentating. “But he’s still fighting!”

Swinging heavy leather, eventually, Alvarez was able to connect with some heavy right hands, allowing him to move off of the cage and begin to piece Poirier up. The crowd screamed and chanted Alvarez’ name as he started to light up Poirier. After nailing a takedown on Poirier, Alvarez started to utilise his knees to take aim at his opponent’s skull, and that’s when the fight fell apart. Slamming home at least two illegal knees without being able to see if Poirer was a grounded opponent, Alvarez looked up in bewilderment as referee Herb Dean waved off the fight as a “No Contest”.

Through a sea of boos during the post fight interviews, Dustin Poirier graciously told the crowd to relax.

“Hey! Don’t boo this man. This guy’s a champion! This guy’s fought all over the world. I got nothing but respect for this guy! Don’t boo this man. This guy’s a warrior!” he said. “We both put it on the line every time we step in here! This is unfortunate, Eddie didn’t mean to do that, but like he said, this is a fist fight. We’re fighting.”

Lightweight king Conor McGregor was obviously watching the fight closely, sending out a message on Twitter of respect and encouragement to two men he had previously knocked out in prior bouts. The bout between Alvarez and Poirier may have ended on a sour note, but if there’s one thing the two men deserve it is respect.