UFC Fox on 30 held last Saturday (July 28, 2018), despite being reported having the lowest overnight ratings, delivered some of the wildest fights of the year.
The main event featured a lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez. Poirier earned his third consecutive win, bringing him closer to a title shot after, while Alvarez suffered only the third KO/TKO loss of his UFC career.
Poirier has been celebrating ever since, but Alvarez kept silent following his loss and a controversial elbow strike during the last fight of his UFC contract.
But earlier, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion finally expressed his own opinion regarding the matter.
During the second round of the UFC Fox on 30 main event, Alvarez was able to take the dominant position. But when he landed an illegal vertical elbow to Poirier’s collarbone, it cost him the position. Referee Marc Goddard asked both fighters to stand up, giving Poirier the chance to finish the bout with a KO eventually.
Who to Blame for Illegal Strike
After different speculations about the illegal call, and his striking coach, Mark Henry, taking the blame, Alvarez took to social media his reaction over the entertaining bout.
He explained in a long Instagram post along with a recent picture his humble thoughts and opinions about the rematch with Poirier. Alvarez also took the chance to congratulate Poirier for his victory and made it clear that neither the referee or his coach was to blame.
“In no way will I judge Godard harshly,” Alvarez said. “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.”
Alvarez Breaks His Silence
A lot of fans blamed Henry for provoking to do the illegal strike, but Alvarez said that the same person was the one who helped him in his victories throughout his UFC career.
“Let’s remember Ricardo [Almeida] and Mark are also responsible for my UFC world title, and wins over some of the greatest fighters in the UFC,” Alvarez said. “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.”
Read Alvarez’s full statement on his Instagram post below:
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