Poirier to Appeal UFC 211 Decision
The UFC 211 pre-lim headliner between Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier was on its way to becoming a classic, until a series of illegal knees by Alvarez ended the bout in an unfortunate manner. Now, Poirier is officially appealing the referee’s decision to label the fight a "No Contest".
Poirier’s management team confirmed with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani that the top-10 lightweight planned to appeal the decision.
The controversy happened midway through the second round of their three-round lightweight fight. Poirier had been dominating the contest, and badly hurt Alvarez with a series of punches after a more measured first round. Alvarez, known for his toughness, remained in the fight and actually appeared to turn the tables on Poirier, firing back with hard shots.
Poirier ended up in a position along the fenceline where he was clearly a grounded opponent, but Alvarez proceeded to knee him in the head multiple times. Herb Dean stopped the fight, and after deeming Poirier unable to continue, ruled the fight a "No Contest".
This decision immediately caused more controversy: Alvarez’s knees were blatant and clearly intended to land on Poirier’s head, even if the former champion did not think at the time that he was doing something illegal. Since the knees were not "accidental", why was the fight not a DQ win for Poirier?
Poirier is wondering that same thing, and is now appealing the decision with the Texas Athletic Commission.
UFC President Dana White echoed Poirier’s frustration after the fight, saying that the bout should not have been a No Contest.
Regardless, Poirier and Alvarez both said that they were interested in a rematch, and after the barnburner of a second round between the two, the fans will surely be interested as well.