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25 Jul 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Eddie Alvarez vs Dustin Poirier 2 at UFC on Fox 30

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC on Fox 30? Sunday 29th April, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC on Fox 30? Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Canada

What channel is UFC on Fox 30 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC on Fox 30? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC on Fox 30? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

These two warriors finally meet again after their controversial fight back at UFC 211. As expected, the fight was fiercely gripping until the second round where Eddie Alvarez came back from being rocked by Dustin Poirier and landed his own heavy shots in vintage Alvarez fashion. However, he then proceeded to land a couple of illegal knees while Poirier was on the ground and, due to the damage, the fight could not go on and ended in a ‘no contest’.

Since this bout, they have exchanged some heated words while boosting their record with their most recent fights, both consisting of wars with Justin Gaethje, getting the better of the durable slugger with tremendous knockout finishes.

THE PREDICTION

Their first fight was a ferocious stand-up battle with an abundance of technique and aggression and we are very likely to see a repeat of that but hopefully without any illegal blows.

They both landed heavy shots in the first round with Poirier enjoying slightly more success as he used his reach advantage superbly. As a result, Alvarez may look to throw more feints while shooting in for takedowns to close the distance and throw explosive combinations. He knows he can knock Poirier out but he will have to absorb as few shots as possible.

Exactly the same can be said for Poirier who nearly put Alvarez away in the second round. He outclassed his fellow veteran until the illegal knee and knows Alvarez is never out of a fight until he is unconscious.

They are likely to approach this fight in similar fashion so it could go either way but Poirier continues to improve, looked phenomenal against Pettis and Gaethje and knows he has the technique to overcome Alvarez.

Winner: Poirier via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.

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