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Marc Goddard: Multiple fouls led to Eddie Alvarez being stood up from mount vs. Dustin Poirier

Referee Marc Goddard went into detail on the most pivotal moment of the UFC on FOX 30 main event between Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Calgary-Alvarez vs Poirier Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in as many fights vs. Dustin Poirier, former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez threw a very obvious illegal strike while on the ground. The knee to Poirier’s head while he was downed back at UFC 211 led to the no contest ruling, and in Saturday’s rematch at UFC on FOX 30, Alvarez was caught throwing and landing a 12-to-6 elbow from mount, and referee Marc Goddard intervened and stood the fighters up. Shortly thereafter, Poirier hurt Alvarez and finished him with a barrage of strikes.

Goddard’s decision to punish Alvarez by taking away the dominant position was subject to some controversy, with UFC welterweight contender Kamaru Usman very upset over what transpired.

Prior to deleting the tweet, Usman wrote “F-ck that referee. I will not fight if that ref is calling my fight. He cost Eddie that fight smfh”

That prompted Goddard to respond and explain that it was more than just the 12-to-6 elbow that led to the stand-up.

This appeared to calm Usman down, as he admitted to being upset over his good friend Alvarez taking the loss.

So hopefully that clears things up as to why Goddard made that decision. The 12-to-6 elbow rule may be controversial, but it’s still in the rulebook, and it’s Goddard’s job to enforce accordingly.

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