UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier will take on former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at a UFC On Fox 30 on Saturday (July 28, 2018) in Calgary, Alberta.
This fight is a rematch from a controversial no contest from their first outing at UFC 211 back in 2017 because of illegal knees.
Poirier with seven victories in his past eight fights, since returning to 155 pounds and believes with a win over Eddie Alvarez gets him into a title picture. It’s no doubt that Poirier is known for engaging in violent brawls in the past which caused to shed plenty of blood inside the Octagon.
“I’m going to go out there and earn it the hard way: In blood,” Poirier said in a recent interview on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “I’m going to earn my title shot. I’m going to earn this win. I’m going to take everything I want, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen.”
“For me, in my heart, I believe a win gets me a title shot, so that’s what I’m going into this fight with. They’re all so important, every one is the most important, every next fight is your most important fight, but there’s a lot on the line for me in this fight.”
“It’s been a lot of years to get to this point, to be a step away from a title shot, and here we are. I’m not going to let it slip through my fingers. I’m prepared to do whatever I have to do and go through whatever I have to go through Saturday night to be victorious, and there’s no doubt in my mind I’m going to get my hand raised. That’s just the mindset I’m going into this fight with.”
The lightweight division is currently on hold, as current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is waiting on Conor Mcgregor’ court date to play out, while Poirer doesn’t care about that, said he would go on play his card at this Saturday and cement his name as one to be next in line for a title shot.
Poirier is coming off fourth-round TKO win over Justin Gathje at UFC on Fox 29 in Glendale, Arizona back in April, meanwhile, this will be Alvarez’s final fight on his current contract with UFC and hoping to get a better deal.