The bucket of blame is being passed on to everyone who was part of UFC Fight Night Calgary. When Eddie Alvarez came forward with his illegal 12-6, referee Marc Goddard stepped in to give him a penalty. While fans heavily scrutinized the referee’s decision and as the analysts weighed in the effects of the penalty on the outcome of fight, Alvarez has been facing some cruel criticism for making an irrational move that ended him hanging on the fence with apparent disgrace.
Since Alvarez’s coach has made his confession on the Ariel Helwani Show that he had suggested him to land a slanted elbow at his rival; however signaled a 12-6 instead with his arm, it’s his turn to face the music now.
Alvarez’s coach said the following in his video:
He definitely did what he saw me do, definitely my fault. I definitely wasn’t meaning to be cheap at all. I’m not stupid. I’ve been doing this a long time. I know he can’t do a top elbow. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of fights that I’ve done, every single time they say you can’t do that elbow. It was my fault, I feel horrible.”
While speaking about Goddard’s immediate decision, Henry seemed approving of it. This is what he said,
“I’ve done a ton fights with (Goddard) as a ref, and if Goddard was in the (cage) again, I’d have 100 percent faith in him. He’s a great ref.”
A little misleading gesture cost Alvarez a win and a spot in the ring for the title fight. This was the Underground King’s final bout with UFC, and now he has to bag a sponsor with a big loss under his table. The current loss leaves him with one win in his recent four bouts.
Poirier, on the contrary, is all set for a head-on encounter for a title bout, but first we have to see what is the outcome of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov upcoming fight. As for Alvarez, we can only hope that he lands a UFC contract again.