We all know the UFC rankings are essentially meaningless, but here’s an interesting one. On Monday, former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez said he didn’t want to fight Michael Chiesa because he didn’t “want to go that far back” in his comeback fight.
Fast forward 24 hours and Alvarez has agreed to face Dustin Poirier, who is currently ranked three spots behind Chiesa in the UFC lightweight rankings.
According to ESPN.com, the two will battle at UFC 211. The event takes place May 13 inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Alvarez is looking to bounce back from November’s TKO loss to Conor McGregor, which cost him his lightweight crown. The 33-year-old is 3-2 since jumping to the UFC in 2012.
Piorier, meanwhile, is victorious in five of six since moving back to lightweight from featherweight.
He’s fresh of this month’s majority decision win over Jim Miller at UFC 208.
Here is the card’s updated lineup:
Jarjis Danho vs. Dmitry Poberezhets
Enrique Barzola vs. Gabriel Benitez
Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
Ben Rothwell vs. Fabricio Werdum
Jessica Andrade vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (UFC strawweight champion)
Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic (UFC heavyweight champion)