UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier and former title holder Eddie Alvarez first met inside the octagon back at UFC 211. Poirier was seemingly getting the better of his opponent, when the fighter was struck in the head with an illegal knee.
The devestating strike left Poirier reeling and ultimately caused the fight to be turned into a no contest. Appearing on the latest edition of The MMA Hour, Poirier explained that he has been offered several rematches against Alvarez since.
While Poirier has been accepting match ups, the fighter claims Alavarez has denied them all.
“Me and Eddie were offered a rematch on that Brooklyn show that Tony and Khabib were on. And my management told me that pretty much they’re probably trying to book this fight because if they fall out, one of you are going to replace them. I accepted the fight. Eddie turned it down. This was months ago. We could have been on that card, Eddie’s ranked higher than me, he probably would have fought for the belt a couple weekends ago.”
“It was offered a bunch of times, man,” Poirier said. “There were a bunch of cards that they offered the fight on. I accepted every time they offered it, Eddie turned it down every time. I think it was five times.”
“The things that he said after our fight, just the way he acted, I tried to stand up for the man and tell the crowd stop booing him not a dirty fighter, have some respect for the man. … Just way he acted after that. Saying that I was trying to milk the knee, he tweeted me “are you finally off your stool yet’ just all kinds of stuff like that that was very disrespectful. This isn’t a bar fight. You don’t knee somebody in the head and expect the guy to just keep going like it didn’t hurt. He got me pretty good with that knee, and it could have changed the outcome of fight. This is a sport. There has to be some line drawn.”