The wild and highly anticipated UFC on Fox 30 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada has come and gone. In a thrilling main event, wrongs were righted from UFC 211.
In the said main event, Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez ran things back as they went to war. Only lasting a round and a half just like in their first encounter, this time Poirier put an exclamation point on things as he finished Alvarez with strikes.
This fight was the last one on Alvarez’ UFC contract meaning that he is now allowed to explore his options elsewhere. Something that UFC president Dana White won’t be upset with him for doing as he explained why on the UFC Unfiltered podcast via MMA Nytt.
“I like Eddie Alvarez. I like him personally and I like him professionally. He’s at an age now where he needs to make some decisions for his family in what will probably be the last contract that he signs for the rest of his career. You know, I’m going to place, if Eddie wants to go somewhere else then I’m cool with that, but if Eddie wants to stay I’d keep him here too. I told him that.
I told him ‘look, if you want to finish your career here with me then I’d like that, and if you want to finish your career elsewhere with someone else, then I have no problem with that either, man.
When guys get to the point that it’s the last contract that they will ever sign, I understand. At the end of the day, what we’re looking for here are young guys that want to be champions. Young guys that believe they can be a champion in the UFC, or girls. If you feel that you can’t be and if you feel that there’s better decisions you can make at this point in your career for the last contract that you will ever sign, I absolutely understand that.”
Since making his UFC debut in 2014 as the last Bellator 155-pound champion, Alvarez has gone 4-3 and 1 NC accompanied by a UFC championship.
Constantly entertaining, Alvarez has cemented himself as one of the lightweight division’s all-time greats. Where ever he ends up fighting next, fans will be sure to tune in.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/7/2018