When last they fought, former champ Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier hurt each other, wobbled each other, and then Alvarez inadvertently kneed Poirier in the dome while he was down and the bout was rendered a “no contest”.

Well, in the main event of tonight’s UFC on FOX 30, these guys ran it back and settled things once and for all. And boy was it violent.

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They traded kicks, and Alvarez made cursory attempts at takedowns, but the first round was mostly about them chipping away at each other with punches – Poirier’s fists came through openings to bang Alvarez in the head, Alvarez’s fists coming as quick counters to the head and body.

However, things got kicked up a notch in the second. When Alvarez ducked his head and entered for a takedown, Poirier latched on with a guillotine choke attempt, and it took some work for the former champ to escape. Another guillotine attempt had Alvarez escaping and stepping into mount, and with Poirier stuck against the fence in sitting position, Alvarez dropped an elbow straight down on his shoulder. Referee Marc Goddard didn’t like that 12-6 elbow (because it’s an illegal technique), so he stood them up and restarted them standing…

…And Poirier simply unloaded with everything, stunning Alvarez with knees and punches. Alvarez covered up and tried to fire back, but he was getting picked apart, and when he fell, Goddard jumped in.


Results: Dustin Poirier def. Eddie Alvarez via TKO (Punches) at 4:05, R2