Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez faced off against Dustin Poirier in a highly anticipated rematch for the main event of UFC on FOX 30 on Saturday, July 28. However, things simply did not go the former title holder’s way.
Eddie Alvarez managed to get Poirier to the canvas in the second round. After having achieved the mount position from against the cage, Alvarez landed an illegal 12-to-6 downward elbow onto his opponent.
Referee Marc Goddard consequently halted the fight momentarily. As punishment for the illegal blow, Goddard took away Alvarez’s position and started the fight back in the stand up position in the center of the octagon.
Well, Dustin Poirier earned a TKO victory over Eddie Alvarez just moments later. Now former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub has come forward with his thoughts on the matter.
Check it out below, as spoken from his podcast Below The Belt:
“When he stood them up, when Eddie Alvarez had full mount against the cage, I have a problem with it. I know Marc Goddard is doing it by the rule book and that’s what he does, but we are giving too much power to a referee to determine the fate of Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier.”
“To have that man stop a fight, do you know how hard it is to get mount on Dustin Poirier? Do you have any idea how tremendously difficult that is and how big of an advantage it is in a fight like this?
“Then you stop the fight, reset them to standing because he threw a 12-to-6 elbow that landed on his shoulder? Do you have any idea the ramifications you have caused, Marc Goddard? Do you realize Eddie Alvarez decided not to extend his contract with the UFC and to play it out, basing it off of the fact that he beats Dustin Poirier so he has leverage against the UFC? You cut all that out, because a gentleman threw a 12-to-6 elbow on a man’s trap.”