Eddie Alvarez Issued His First Statement Since His Loss To Dustin Poirier
UFC on FOX 30 went down last Saturday (July 28, 2018) in Calgary, Canada. The main headliner saw some controversy, as former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was caught throwing and landing a 12-to-6 elbow from the mount with Poirier’s back on the fence, referee Marc Goddard entered and had the fighters stand up. On the restart, Poirier went ballistic hurt Alvarez and finished him with a barrage of strikes.
In their first outing at UFC 211 back in May of 2017, Alvarez landed a pair of illegal knees while Poirier was downed, due to that fight results ended in a no-contest.
Alvarez took to social media, praised Dustin Poirier and defended his coach Mark Henry amid controversy.
There are no grey areas in Fighting , one man will lose and the other will win , this is why I love this game . Controversial calls , judging , and fan support can always add to the drama but in the end 1 will stand and 1 will fall . Hats off to Dustin and his team he stayed calm under pressure and fought beautifully this makes us 1-1 . In no way will I judge Godard harshly , We have the same Job ! he has to make decisions in split seconds just like I do , and he makes them with my health and my opponents in mind . What’s done is done . As for Mark Henry calling for an elbow in the heat of the moment . An angled elbow is an incredible shot from the position I was in , it’s actually the only shot you can throw . We simply had a miscommunication, it happens in war more often than not , this was a case of “friendly fire” and we ended up on the losing end of this battle . But let’s remember Ricardo and Mark are also responsible for my UFC world title , and wins over some of the greatest fighters in the UFC , He’s the hardest worker on our team , obsessive, detailed , and pushes us all to understand the opportunity we have in front of is on a world stage . He’s my coach , friend , and Been a mentor of mine for longer than most of you know . Losing is never satisfying , I don’t lose often but when I do I grow the most as a person/fighter . Adjustments will be made , if anything this loss will add to the joy of my next Victory ! I want to thank my team , coaches , my family , and everyone who supports me in this journey . My family especially, the sacrifice falls on the back of my wife and our children . We experience great Joy in our victories and incredible Pain in our losses but our only other option is to avoid the experience and feel nothing at all . We are grateful to be able to fight every time the walk is made to the octagon , and anxiously awaiting the the opportunity to make that walk again . Thank you @ufc . I was brought here , not to win , but to entertain…. Are you not entertained ???? T.H.N.Q
During his interview with MMAJunkie on Monday Alvarez’s coach Mark Henry, takes full blame for the illegal elbow that resulted in a fight to restart against Dustin Poirier at UFC Calgary.
“He definitely did what he saw me do, Definitely my fault. I definitely wasn’t meaning to be cheap at all. I’m not stupid. I’ve been doing this a long time. I know he can’t do a top elbow. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of fights that I’ve done, every single time they say you can’t do that elbow. It was my fault, I feel horrible.”
That was the last fight on Alvarez’s UFC contract, as of this writing no words from “The Underground King” if he’ll re-sign the contract.