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Big UFC wins for Poirier, Aldo and Jedrzejczyk in Calgary

It was a successful night for two former champions, but not so good for ex-lightweight title-holder Alvarez.

UFC Calgary Mixed Martial Arts Dustin Poirier en route to victory against Eddie Alvarez. Source: Jeff McIntosh

DUSTIN POIRIER SETTLED his rivalry with Eddie Alvarez by sealing a TKO victory last night in the main event at UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary, Canada.

Poirier, who called out lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov afterwards, stopped Alvarez with a flurry of strikes in a wild second round in their rematch.

When the pair clashed in May of last year, the fight was waved off late in the second round and declared a ‘no contest’ due to Alvarez landing an illegal knee.

Another Alvarez foul was significant last night. After the former 155-pound title-holder threw a 12-to-6 elbow — which hit Poirier’s shoulder — referee Marc Goddard stood the fight up. From there, Poirier set about securing the finish.

Source: UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship/YouTube

Now undefeated in his last five outings — a run which includes wins over two former lightweight champions (Alvarez and Anthony Pettis) — Poirier believes a title shot should be next: “What else do I have to do here? Khabib, where you at?”

It may not have been a night to remember for Eddie Alvarez, but there were better fortunes for two other former champions on the main card.

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Following a pair of losses to Max Holloway, ex-featherweight king Jose Aldo picked up his first win since July 2016 by overcoming Jeremy Stephens in the first round, setting up a TKO stoppage with a vicious body shot.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who lost her strawweight title and undefeated record with back-to-back defeats against Rose Namajunas, returned to winning ways by seeing off Tecia Torres on the scorecards.

UFC on FOX 30 results

  • Dustin Poirier def. Eddie Alvarez via TKO (punches and elbow) after 4:05 of round two
  • Jose Aldo def. Jeremy Stephens via TKO (punches) after 4:19 of round one
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Tecia Torres via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alexander Hernandez def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jordan Mein def. Alex Morono via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Hakeem Dawodu def. Austin Arnett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Islam Makhachev def. Kajan Johnson via submission (armbar) 4:43 of round one
  • Ion Cutelaba def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov via TKO (punches and elbows) after 4:25 of round one
  • John Makdessi def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-28)
  • Katlyn Chookagian def. Alexis Davis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Dustin Ortiz def. Matheus Nicolau via KO (head kick and punches) after 3:49 of round one
  • Nina Ansaroff def. Randa Markos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Devin Powell def. Alvaro Herrera via TKO (body kicks and punches) after 1:52 of round one

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