Eddie Alvarez knows that the title picture at lightweight is all jumbled up so he just invented his own belt. It’s not gold, you don’t wear it, but it already has a challenger. Alvarez declared that he took the UFC Most Violent title away from Justin Gaethje at UFC 218, a title that Dustin Poirier wants to pry out of his hands. He’s wanted a rematch with Alvarez ever since their fight ended with an illegal strike and has been rallying for it ever since. He’s done everything he can to get Alvarez to take the fight, now he’s even offered his former opponent a Christmas present.
Took my time today and wrapped your Christmas presents nice @Ealvarezfight pic.twitter.com/rneFy3fCpC
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) December 12, 2017
“Considering what I just did, [giving Dustin Poirier a rematch] would the silliest thing I could do. They put me up against an undefeated rising star and they were going to give Justin Gaethje a title fight if he beat me. It didn’t happen, knocked the guy out, he’s never been beaten in his life. I respect Dustin’s push, he’s doing his best job, but it’s like […] it’s all for nothing. It would be silly for me to go backward and look at that guy. I am looking the same way he is looking. I am looking forward at Tony Ferguson, we are keeping an eye on the Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and [Edson] Barboza fight and I am trying to help Edson whoop on Khabib.” — Eddie Alvarez on The MMA Hour.
It seems like all Dustin Poirier wants for Christmas is a contract signed by Eddie Alvarez, but after a Fight of the Night win over Justin Gaethje, Alvarez is not looking back. He’s got one last bout on his contract and he wants it to be a big, mega fight. No word on exactly what that is but he keeps saying to keep your ears to the ground about it. Either way, eyes are going to be on both of these fighters after their major victories.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/13/2017.