UFC on Fox 30 takes place from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
The main event features a rematch between former UFC lightweight champion and No. 3-ranked Eddie Alvarez takes on No. 4-ranked Dustin Poirier.
In the co-main event, former featherweight champ and No. 2-ranked Jose Aldo faces No. 4-ranked Jeremy Stephens. Also, former women’s strawweight titleholder and No. 1-ranked Joanna Jedrzejczyk battles No. 5-ranked Tecia Torres.
Alvarez and Poirier first met at UFC 211 back in May 2017. Near the end of the second round, Alvarez landed a series of knees, one of which struck Poirier’s head while Poirier had his hands on the mat. Referee Herb Dean met with Marc Ratner, the UFC’s vice president of regulatory affairs, and ruled the fight a no-contest.
DAZN: A new way to watch fight sports — find out more
A rematch appeared to be the likely, but Alvarez and Poirier went different routes.
Alvarez (29-5, 1 no contest) went on to defeat Justin Gaethje in a “Fight of the Year” candidate at UFC 218, while Poirier (23-5, 1 no contest) stopped Anthony Pettis and Gaethje, respectively.
The winner is likely to be the No. 1 contender and fight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov or the victor of a rumored Nurmagomedov – Conor McGregor showdown.
Sporting News will be providing updates throughout the day along with round-by-round scoring beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
(All times Eastern.)
UFC on Fox 30 results
10:03 p.m.: Round 1 to Poirier (10-9). Alvarez and Poirier showed a lot of patience and composure in the opening round. You have to do that since they are going 25 minutes this time around and don’t want to wear yourself out so quick. Poirier kept Alvarez at bay with the jab. Alvarez couldn’t get many punches off. Alvarez needs to find a way to get on the inside or it will be a long night for him.
9:50 p.m.: It is now time for the main event of UFC on Fox 30, in lightweight action, former champion and No. 3-ranked Eddie Alvarez battles No. 4-ranked Dustin Poirier. They fought to a controversial no contest at UFC 211 back in May 2017, when Alvarez landed a knee to Poirier’s head, when the latter’s hands were on the mat. Since then, Alvarez beat Justin Gaethje and Poirier’s stopped Anthony Pettis and Gaethje. Each guy feels they are the superior fighter. We are about to find who really is the better of the two.
Jose Aldo nearly finished, rebounds to stop Jeremy Stephens
9:46 p.m.: I get why the UFC and Fox do this, but not a fan of going to back to the pre-game team. Yes, they are breaking down the main event for the casual fan, but why not keep the flow of the show going?
9:38 p.m.: Aldo def. Stephens by TKO at 4:19 of the first round. What a comeback for Aldo. Stephens rocked Aldo with a series of punches and it looked to be mere moments before Stephens was going to send Aldo packing and his career in serious question. While most fighters would try for a takedown, Aldo went toe-to-toe and kept coming right at Stephens. Aldo connected on a jab followed by a vicious body shot, which made Stephens wince in serious pain to the mat. Aldo seized the opportunity, landing punch after punch and with Stephens not intelligently defending himself, the referee stopped the fight.
Give Aldo all the credit in the world. He could have packed it in and let Stephens finish him off. Instead, we seen the heart of a champion and why he is the best featherweight we have ever seen. The win snaps a two-fight losing streak for the Brazilian.
9:22 p.m.: Coming up in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 30, in featherweight action, former champion and No. 2-ranked Jose Aldo squares off against No. 4-ranked Jeremy Stephens. Very big here for Aldo. He’s lost back-to-back fights to current champ Max Hollway and three of last four overall. A loss and it could be the end for the greatest fighter to ever compete at 145 pounds. Stephens comes in on the biggest run of his career, winning three consecutive bouts, two of them by stoppage. Can Stephens win the big one? Or does Aldo show he has more in the tank?
Joanna Jedrzejczyk snaps two-fight losing streak over Tecia Torres
9:17 p.m.: Jedrzejczyk def. Torres by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). I couldn’t have been more wrong in how the judges would score the fight. Expected the scorecards to be tighter than they were. Jedrzejcyzk showed she could fight anywhere. Whether it was in the clinch or on the feet with her striking, the native of Poland showed her all-around game.
Great way to get back into the winners circle, as Jedrzejczyk had lost back-to-back fights. Getting another title shot is unlikely at this point. One more win and “Joanna Champion” should get one more crack at the belt she believes is hers.
9:10 p.m.: Very intrigued on how this is going to be scored. Could see it go either way.
9:03 p.m.: Great end to the second round as Jedrzejczyk and Torres let their hands go. Torres got the better of the exchanges and made Jedrzejczyk grab her so more damage couldn’t be inflicted. Let’s see if Torres continues to strike in the beginning of the final round. Could be on to something.
8:57 p.m.: Battle of clinch work in the first round. Jedrzejczyk had the advantage in there due to connecting on more strikes, but liked the strategy of Torres. Keeping her body against Jedrzejczyk will wear down the former champ as the fight goes on.
8:47 p.m.: Up next at UFC on Fox 30, in women’s strawweight action, former champion and No. 1-ranked Joanna Jedrzejczyk faces off with No. 5-ranked Tecia Torres. Jedrzejczyk is in a must-win situation. She’s lost back-to-back fights to current champ Rose Namajunas. A third straight loss and she moves down in the pecking order at 115 pounds. This is the biggest fight of Torres’ career. Beating the former titleholder would solidify her as the top contender in the weight class. High stakes fight at its finest. Who will separate themselves from the pack?
Alexander Hernandez dominates to defeat Olivier Aubin-Mercier
8:38 p.m.: Hernandez def. Aubin-Mercier by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). Great work by Hernandez though. Used his striking to help setup his takedowns to frustrate Aubin-Mercier. A great way to start your UFC career, winning back-to-back-fights over two solid fighters in a deep lightweight division. Hard to see where you can give a round to Aubin-Mercier considering he gave away the second round by pulling guard and letting Hernandez take control.
Hernandez wants to face someone ranked between six and ten for his next fight. Definitely someone in the top ten, but wouldn’t go down that low. Keep growing your game before jumping into the ocean against the sharks in the best division of the UFC.
8:34 p.m.: Decision should go to Hernandez. Off to the judges scorecards we go.
8:25 p.m.: Why did Aubin-Mercier pull guard when he was controlling the second round? Horrible strategy. Just let Hernandez back in the round.
8:21 p.m.: Really good first round for Hernandez. Constant pressure throughout kept Aubin-Mercier off his game and a smart, late takedown at the end of the round, helped calm the 25-year-old and not expend too much energy.
8:18 p.m.: Not a fan of seeing a preview for a movie at the bottom right of my television, while two guys are punching each other.
8:10 p.m.: Opening the main card of UFC on Fox 30, in lightweight action, No. 13-ranked Alexander Hernandez takes on Olivier Aubin-Mercier. Hernandez took the MMA world by storm when he stepped up on short notice, and knocked out previously ranked Beniel Dariush in 42 seconds. Aubin-Mercier is on a tear, reeling off four consecutive victories, with three of them via stoppage. Can Aubin-Mercier derail the hype train surrounding Hernandez? A very intriguing fight at lightweight between two young lions at 155 pounds..
8:00 p.m.: The UFC on Fox 30 main card is about to begin in moments. Great way to start the show with paying respect to those who lost their lives in the recent tragedy in Toronto.
6:10 p.m.: We are less than two hours away until the action. You feel the intensity during the final staredown at Friday’s ceremonail weigh-ins between Alvarez and Poirier.
1:30 p.m.: As we inch closer to the main card of UFC on Fox 30, let’s take a look back at Alvarez capturing the lightweight belt from Rafael dos Anjos.
11:30 a.m.: Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier will settle their score this evening at UFC on Fox 30. Who will emerge victorious and reign supreme? SN will provide coverage throughout the day until the main card begins at 8 p.m.
UFC on Fox 30 fight card
– Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier; Lightweight
– José Aldo vs. Jeremy Stephens; Featherweight
– Joanna Jędrzejczyk vs. Tecia Torres; Women’s Strawweight
– Alexander Hernandez vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier; Lightweight
– Jordan Mein vs. Alex Morono; Welterweight
– Kajan Johnson vs. Islam Makhachev; Lightweight
– Hakeem Dawodu vs. Austin Arnett; Featherweight
– Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Ion Cuțelaba; Light Heavyweight
– John Makdessi vs. Ross Pearson; Lightweight
– Alexis Davis vs. Katlyn Chookagian; Women’s Flyweight
– Dustin Ortiz vs. Matheus Nicolau; Flyweight
– Randa Markos vs. Nina Ansaroff; Women’s Strawweight
– Devin Powell vs. Álvaro Herrera; Lightweight
UFC on Fox 30 latest news
– Eddie Alvarez tells SN he’s betting on himself by taking the rematch against Dustin Poirier.
– Poirier explains to SN why he didn’t think Alvarez would accept this fight.
– Jeremy Stephens wants to do one thing. He tells SN what it is.