After Weidman/Mousasi, we’ve incurred another controversial refereeing decision on a major PPV.
When this fight was announced, Dustin Poirier vs. Eddie Alvarez had ‘Fight of the Night’ written all over it. Poirier was looking to build on his win streak in the lightweight division and Alvarez rebounding from a KO loss to Conor McGregor. Both fighter’s always bring the heat no matter what.
As the fight played out at UFC 211, it was Poirier who had the early advantage, clearly taking Round 1 by outpointing Alvarez and circling him effectively. It looked like Poirier was too fast with his hand speed and Alvarez couldn’t land anything significant.
Almost at the mid-way point of Round 2, Poirier began teeing off on Alvarez. A series of punches had him on the ropes and it looked like all but done. However, with the warrior spirit that he has possessed throughout his career, Eddie Alvarez answered back with some heavy swinging hooks, and it looked like he had hurt Poirier back.
Alvarez had Poirier backed up against the cage and managed to drop him with two knees, signalling the ref to step in. This wasn’t for a stoppage. Referee Herb Dean noticed Poirier had one of his knees on the ground which would have amounted to an illegal blow. In fact, for the second knee, Poirier had both knees on the ground.
The broadcast team of Joe Rogan, Daniel Cormier and Jon Anik called for Alvarez to be disqualified as they believed both knees to be illegal. Referee Herb Dean thought otherwise.
Herb believed the second knee was an unintentional and it was a ‘No Contest’ as a result. Many people believed both knees to be illegal, and that it couldn’t have been unintentional if he landed one after another.
Regardless of the outcome, both fighters agreed they want to run it back. So we could be seeing Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 on an upcoming card soon.
Check out the post fight interview where both men showed respect to eachother.