Tonight Eddie Alvarez made his first walk to the octagon since losing the Lightweight Championship last November in New York City. In his first title defense, Alvarez and Conor McGregor christened Madison Square Garden, headlining UFC 205. The rest is history, literally, as McGregor became the first person in the UFC to simultaneously hold belts in 2 divisions.
The disastrous 2nd round TKO loss at the powerful and lightening fast hands of “The Notorious” was a huge setback for Eddie in terms of embarrassing ways to lose the biggest fight of his life. But the loss was certainly not enough to expel Alvarez from the upper echelon of the division.
Eddie Alvarez entered UFC 211, headlining the preliminary card on FX, ranked #3 in the division. He battled the #9 Lightweight, fellow McGregor knockout casualty, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier. The latter actually reinvigorated his career following his 1st round TKO loss to McGregor, moving back to lightweight after more than 3 years of success at Featherweight.
In just 14 months, Poirier made a strong impression on the 155lb division winning 4 straight against high-level competition, earning knockouts against 3 of them. He too faced a recent setback. Michael Johnson dusted “The Diamond” in just 1:35 in September 2016. Following the loss, Poirier got back on track with a victory over grisly veteran Jim Miller in a Fight of The Night performance last February.
Though Poirier arrived in Dallas coming off of a win, Alvarez is – without a doubt, the best and most accomplished fighter he has faced in the Lightweight division. [note – The current Lightweight champion, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier were in the Featherweight division when they fought.]
Redemption was at the forefront of Eddie’s agenda tonight, and a win over Dustin Poirier was absolutely critical if he had any chance to get back into the 155lb title conversation. Although, the perpetually log-jammed division is currently held up (more so than usual) by the champion’s boxing aspirations regarding Floyd Mayweather.
Dustin “The Diamond” came out strong, taking control of the center of the octagon and hunted Alvarez down with crisp striking. He found his range about halfway into the 1st round. And range was the biggest factor. Eddie’s inability to close the distance on the longer man kept him on the end of Dustin’s punches and his takedown attempts were shrugged off with the ease of slipping a jab.
While the 1st round saw a tentative Eddie Alvarez, reminiscent of his performance against McGregor, round 2 looked like a completely different fight. Eddie was scoring early by pressing forward and landing but he quickly paid for his overcommitment when Poirier countered him and rocked him badly. He unloaded a barrage of clean shots that wobbled Alvarez, and the fight looked as if it would be stopped at any moment. But Eddie showed incredible heart. Not only did he survive the onslaught, he turned the tables in his favor. Putting Dustin on the retreat, with his back against the cage on wobbly legs, a big takedown was the beginning of the end.
— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) May 14, 2017
Eddie Alvarez began to unleash some ground and pound when he got overzealous and threw a pair of illegal knees to the side of Poirier’s head as he lay turtled on the canvas, flattening him with the 2nd one. Herb Dean declared the fight a no-contest due to an accidental foul in the 2nd round.
UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event
Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.
Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.
He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.
In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.
UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from MMAFighting.com, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.
The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.
Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation
Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.
Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.
Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.
From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.
The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198
Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).
Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.
In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.
The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.
Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.
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