More than a year after their first fight concluded on a controversial note, Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez gave UFC fans another thriller last Saturday, but this time Poirier prevailed as he capitalised with yet another Alvarez’s mistake.
For the second time, an Alvarez illegal hit dictated the outcome of the fight. Poirier turned the tables around after his opponent was called for an illegal 12-6 elbow in the second round.
Despite losing the fight, Alvarez’s coach Mark Henry admitted that the call was a right one.
Taking the Blame
The 34-year old Alvarez showed dominance early in the fight. But after committing that miscue in the second round, Poirier saw the opportunity to steal the win. Moments after the call, the Diamond landed punches and knees to Alvarez en route to a TKO victory.
For Henry, there was no one to blame for that loss than himself. In an interview with Ariel Helwani, he said he is accepting the 1000 per cent of the blame.
“If you’re going by fault, [on a scale of] one to 10, I’d give it a thousand — my fault. I’d say definitely it was my fault. The first gesture you can see from me is 100 per cent the wrong gesture. I wanted him to know we wanted elbows. The second, you can see me kind of slapping the inside of my elbow. That’s the elbow I wanted.”
“I’m not stupid — you can’t do a 12-6. But it is what I showed. Eddie did look at me at the time. It’s 1,000 percent my fault. It’s a shame. I definitely let Eddie down and my team down.”
While Henry believed that the illegal 12-6 strike was a right call, Alvarez’s rival, Poirier, claimed that the hit has no impact (physically) to him at all.
“The elbow landed on my shoulder and didn’t hurt me at all. It felt like a normal elbow. They stood you up. Like, I won the fight because of that. Don’t throw a 12-6 elbow. Just like, don’t knee a downed opponent.”
Last year, the first bout between these two fighters were ruled out as No Contest after Alvarez landed a knee to the head on Poirier while on an illegal position. This prompted the UFC to set a rematch, which happened last weekend.
Relive the Poirier-Alvarez fight in the video below:
Salute to Coach Henry for taking the defeat graciously!