Alvarez was stood up after nailing Poirier with an illegal 12-6 elbow strike and coach Mark Henry says it was his fault the illegal blow happened in the first place.
“On a blame scale of 1 to 10, it’s 100 on me,” Henry told MMA Junkie. “He definitely did what he saw me do. Definitely my fault. I definitely wasn’t meaning to be cheap at all. I’m not stupid. I’ve been doing this a long time. I know he can’t do a top elbow. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of fights that I’ve done, every single time they say you can’t do that elbow.”
It took Poirier less than two minutes to finish the former UFC Lightweight Champion after the ref stood them up due to the illegal elbow strike.
Henry also has no issue with referee Marc Goddard, who was responsible for the stand up after the illegal strike.
“I’ve done a ton fights with (Goddard) as a ref, and if Goddard was in the (cage) again, I’d have 100 percent faith in him,” Henry said. “He’s a great ref.”
Poirier and Alvarez were in the midst of a heated rivalry leading into their rematch, but Poirier said the issues are over with after the second fight concluded.