A lot of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans (and fighters) were salty after former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, lost his UFC on FOX 30 main event against Dustin Poirier last Saturday night (July 28, 2018) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Perhaps none more than Kamaru Usman.
That’s because referee Marc Goddard made the call to stop the action and reset both fighters in the center of the cage, a move prompted by an illegal 12-6 elbow thrown by “The Underground King” that landed on “The Diamond’s” shoulder.
Shortly after losing what was a very advantageous position against the cage, Alvarez went on to get smashed by Poirier en route to a second-round technical knockout loss in what was the final fight of his UFC contract.
“Fuck that referee,” Usman wrote on Twitter, in a Tweet that has since been deleted. “I will not fight if that ref is calling my fight. He cost Eddie that fight smfh.”
Goddard caught wind of the “Nigerian Nightmare’s” criticism and was happy to oblige.
“Mr. Usman, I understand that emotion is a factor,” Goddard wrote online. “Mr. Alvarez held the fence, clawed the ear and then threw the 12-6 elbow, that is why the positional advantage was taken away. As for your request, no problem, that’s easily arranged. I wish you all the best in your career. Thank you.”
That’s when things seemed to settle down.
“Marc you’re not wrong,” Usman said. “Obviously I’m overacting because that’s my brother Ed. There were a few questionable strikes on both ends. You still do a fine job as a ref.”
This wasn’t the first time Alvarez came under fire for an illegal strike, having landed a knee to the downed “Diamond” when they first went to war back at UFC 211. Following that “No Contest,” it appears this feud has been settled.