Following news earlier today of Eddie Alvarez’s release from Bellator, UFC president Dana White announced via his twitter tonight that Alvarez will face Donald Cerrone at UFC 178 on 27th September in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cerrone had been scheduled to face Bobby Green at the same event, however he will now face a yet to be determined replacement on a later card.
Top ranked lightweight Eddie Alvarez has been released by Bellator MMA. Alvarez, who is the current 155lbs champion, has been unconditionally released and is free to sign with any organization worldwide.
The news was first reported by ESPN.com and new Bellator President Scott Coker has released a statement regarding Eddie Alvarez via the promotion’s website:
Conor McGregor believes he has already made ground on his UFC 178 opponent Dustin Poirier, claiming that it only took seeing the man in the flesh to establish his dominance over him.
As videos of his taunts at Poirier from the event’s media tour have gone viral, McGregor spoke about the impression that he got of ‘The Diamond’ when the future opponents stood face to face.
“We just nodded, he looked timid,” the Irish featherweight said. “He came towards me with his hands up and I walked straight up to him and looked him dead in the eyes. He can talk all the shit he wants online, but when we were face to face it was a different story.
Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier is in the unenviable position of being the punchline of every sharp crack of Conor McGregor’s tongue in the lead up to their September 27 bout.
Despite an unprecedented brawl between the former headliners of UFC 178, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones and Daniel Cormier, most of the talk from Irish fans has been unsurprisingly based around the their countryman’s verbal assault on Poirier during the media tour for the MGM Grand event.