Concussion expected to delay Alvarez vs. Poirier rematch

By Ariel Helwani

If you enjoyed Saturday’s Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier fight at UFC 211, the good news is the UFC is hoping to book it again as soon as possible, sources tell MMAFighting.com.

What’s unclear at this time is when the fight could happen.

According to Poirier‘s manager, Robert Roveta, Poirier suffered a concussion during the fight and needs to take time off to heal. As a result, Poirier’s camp is hoping the rematch happens around November.

“We are taking the concussion symptoms very seriously,” he said.

The lightweight fight ended in controversy after Alvarez landed two illegal knees to a downed Poirier in the second round. However, referee Herb Dean concluded the knees were unintentional, and after it was determined Poirier could no longer continue, the fight was ruled a no contest.

Despite the fact that multiple UFC officials believed Dean should have disqualified Alvarez, and thus ruled a victory in favor of Poirier, Roveta said the UFC informed him Poirier would not be receiving his win bonus.

Poirier is currently appealing the decision with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, who medically suspended the American Top Team fighter until June 28.

All three judges scored the first round in favor of Poirier.

The duo exchanged tweets on Tuesday about the first fight and the potential rematch:

So… when’s the rematch?

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Source:: MMA Fighting

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