Alvarez and Poirier met in May 2017 at UFC 211 in a
highly-entertaining bout that turned sour in the second round when
Alvarez landed illegal knees to the head of his downed opponent.
The bout was declared a no-contest.
Poirier has stated that Alvarez has rejected to fight him on
several occasions since that bout, which Alvarez had vehemently
Alvarez sent a tweet on Thursday directed at Poirier suggesting the
fight was official.
The fight seemed to be on the rocks earlier in the day when ESPN’s
Brett Okamoto claimed Poirier was holding out, possibly because
Alvarez’s camp did not respond in a timely fashion to a May 4
deadline set by Poirier’s representatives.
The rematch should be another entertaining fight with both men
coming into the bout on the heels of impressive wins. Alvarez
Gaethje his first ever loss by the way of a third-round
knockout at UFC 218 in December, while Poirier has two straight
finishes also over Gaethje and former lightweight champion Anthony