Poirier and Alvarez are going to battle at UFC 211, which will take place on May 13th in Dallas, Texas. The fight will mark the first time Alvarez has fought, since he was taken out by Conor McGregor last November, and lost the 155 belt.
Well, Poirier appeared on MMA Junkie Radio recently, and the veteran fighter had this to say while discussing Alvarez (quote via MMA Junkie):
“He might not have the same motivation he had on his climb to that belt,” Poirier said. “But I know this: This is the biggest fight of my life, and Eddie’s probably thinking it’s not the biggest fight of his life. … I don’t know what’s going on with Eddie, but I hope he’s busting his ass.”
It’s an interesting point, but one would think that Alvarez will be motivated to get back on the winning track, after incurring such a one sided loss. Poirier also argued that a win over Alvarez will put him within reach of a title shot:
“That would put me at 6-1 in the lightweight division with a win over the former champ,” Poirier said. “It’s not like I’m a guy who just stumbled into the top 10…”
We’ll see what happens on May 13th. Poirier is coming off a decision win over Jim Miller, which followed his KO loss to Michael Johnson. Since Poirier was taken out by McGregor back in 2014, he’s gone 4-1.