As reported by MMAFighting.com’s, Ariel Helwani, the two camps did go through a “minor hiccup” but eventually settled to face each other at the UFC’s upcoming FOX event in Calgary, Canada on July 28th.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier is officially on for July 28 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Minor hiccup today but all parties agreed as of moments ago, sources confirm.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 11, 2018
In another tweet by ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto, the hurdle seemed to have been on Poirier’s side, as he was reportedly getting frustrated with the length of time it has taken for Alvarez to agree and sign on the dotted line.
Hold the phone on Alvarez, Poirier 2 ... I'm told this deadline was not for show. Dustin is not happy about how long this has taken and how it's continued to hold up his life. As of this moment, his side is telling me there is "1,000 percent" no fight right now. https://t.co/bq1vF0u8Yn— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 10, 2018
According to Poirier's reps, he agreed to Alvarez rematch the minute it was proposed, despite lingering injuries, a family vacation and paid appearances this summer, but told UFC he'd seen Alvarez not sign before and if the deal wasn't done by last week, he was out.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 10, 2018
Moments after reports came out, the two fighters also confirmed the finalization of their deal.
Alvarez and Poirier first faced each other at UFC 211 in May. The fight was declared a No Contest after Alvarez landed a knee on Poirier, who at the time was down on the canvas.
UFC on FOX 30 takes place at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Also part of the card is a featherweight fight between former champion Jose Aldo and Jeremy Stephens. It is expected that Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 will be the card’s main event, thus making it a five-round affair.