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UFC on FOX 30: Poirier pounces on Alvarez’s crucial mistake

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Dustin Poirier capitalized on an illegal elbow from Eddie Alvarez in round two to escape a dominant position and secure a TKO victory in the main event in Calgary Saturday evening.

Both fighters were cautious early, knowing the fight would likely go the distance. Poirier tried to use a guillotine early in round two, but Alvarez wisely adjusted the angle to force Dustin to release the hold to avoid expending the energy in his arms.

Alvarez then neatly secured Poirier against the fence. controlling him with his hips, but then used a straight elbow that forced referee Marc Goddard to stand the fighters up with a warning to Eddie. It was then soon afterwards that Poirier landed some shots that backed up Alvarez and had him swinging blindly near the fence.

Goddard called the fight with 55 seconds left in the second frame.

In the post fight interview with Jon Anik, Poirier called out current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

John Makdessi and Ross Pearson earned Fight of the Night, while Poirier and Jose Aldo earned performance of the night honours. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

In case you missed the prelims:

DEVIN POWELL DEF. ALVARO HERRERA VIA KO (STRIKES) R1 1:52

NINA ANSAROFF DEF. RANDA MARKOS VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

DUSTIN ORTIZ DEF. MATHEUS NICOLAU VIA KO (HEADKICK, PUNCHES) R1 3:49

KATYLN CHOOKAGIAN DEF. ALEXA DAVIS VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

JOHN MAKDESSI DEF. ROSS PEARSON VIA UD (30-26, 29-27, 29-28)

ION CUTELEBA DEF. GADZHIMURAD ANTIGULOV VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 4:43

ISLAM MAKHACHEV DEF. KAJAN JOHNSON VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 4:43

HAKEEM DAWODU DEF. AUSTIN ARNETT VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

JORDAN MEIN DEF. ALEX MORONO VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD 

#13 ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ VS. OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER 

WINNER: ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: OLIVIER AUBIN-MERCIER VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: I thought OAB would outwork Hernandez but it turned out the other way around. A good win for Hernandez as he showed he can grind out a win as well knock you out early.

#1 JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK VS. TECIA TORRES 

WINNER: JOANNA JEDRZEJCZYK VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TECIA TORRES VIA SD 

Andrews: Joanna was on form tonight as she did not give up a lot of opportunities to Torres. She used her kicks to pressure Torres and keep her on the outside for most of the fight. A good win.

#2 JOSE ALDO VS. #4 JEREMY STEPHENS 

WINNER: JOSE ALDO VIA TKO R1 4:19

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JEREMY STPEHENS VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Stephens looked like he had Aldo hurt but Jose rallied in a big way for that liver shot. I was reminded of UFC 142 when he put away Chad Mendes with the knee and then ran into the crowd under emotion. A big win for Aldo.

MAIN EVENT

#3 EDDIE ALVAREZ VS. #4 DUSTIN POIRIER

 

WINNER: DUSTIN POIRIER VIA TKO R2 4:05

ANDREWS PREDICTION: EDDIE ALVAREZ VIA TKO

Andrews: What was Alvarez thinking with that straight elbow that cost him the dominant position and the fight? Dustin got the win obviously with good strikes, but he can’t brag too much as Eddie was winning the fight before.

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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