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On Saturday, the UFC hosted one of its biggest events of the year as UFC 211 took place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Two titles are set to be defended in the lone star state as UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic fights former champion Junior dos Santos and UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk fights Jessica Andrade.
Before the titles are defended, UFC 211 features a stacked undercard full of intriguing matches.
One of the most intriguing fights at UFC 211 headlined the preliminary portion of the card as former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez fought Dustin Poirier.
Poirier was the first to land a kick at the start of the fight. Neither fighter backed down from the other and both men traded shots in the center of the cage. Both fighters had their moments, but Poirier appeared to land the cleaner shots in the first half of the round. In the second half, Poirier controlled the cage and was the aggressor for the remainder of the round.
Alvarez came out much more aggressive to start the second round. Alvarez shot for a takedown, but Poirier went for a guillotine choke. Alvarez escaped and continued to go for the takedown. Poirier eventually escaped and both fighters began exchanging shots in the center of the ring. Poirier rocked Alvarez but the former champion stayed on his feet for as long as he could. Alvarez went for a takedown but Poirer stopped it. Alvarez then rocked Poirier and both fighters attempted to finish the fight. After trading knockout blows, Alvarez got Poirier to the ground. Alvarez then landed an illegal knee which dropped Poirier. The illegal knee opened a major cut under Poirier’s eye. The referee then called off the fight.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier end in a no contest