Now that former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has locked down a huge knockout victory over Justin Gaethje earlier this month at UFC 218, former opponent Dustin Poirier is hoping to settle some unfinished business with “Underground King.”
Poirier, who is coming off an impressive finish over former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis this past November, has begun to lobby for another shot at Alvarez. Remember, the two lightweight contenders went toe-to-toe back at UFC 211, but the bout was ruled a no contest after Alvarez landed illegal knees on a downed “Diamond.”
While Poirier once respected Alvarez and the veteran’s long and storied career, he no longer views the former UFC lightweight champion as a good guy, especially after Alvarez said Poirier was looking for a way out in their first meeting.
"I don't like the guy personally," Poirier told FloCombat. "I used to be a big fan of him. I still respect his fighting style. He's a dog, he's a warrior, he's down but never out in fights. I believe that truly. But I used to really respect the guy and look up to him. Now he's a piece of shit.
"The way he's lied to himself and lied to people and said stuff about me and about the fight. So I don't have any respect for the guy."
With top contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Edson Barboza scheduled to fight later this month at UFC 219, interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson recently hitting the sidelines, and current UFC lightweight king Conor McGregor spending his time beating up the Irish mob, the promotion really has no other options for Poirier and Alvarez.
It’s time to square the two off again and see if Alvarez’s violent streak can get past a guy who nearly finished him seven months ago.
"He's the highest-ranked guy that's open right now and it makes sense. We have unfinished business and we have to do it," Poirier said.
"I'm going to go out there and outclass him on the feet and give him another boxing lesson. I'm going to stop his shots and I'm going to beat him up."