Despite the bad news for Poirier, the fighter’s manager in Rovert Roveta is refusing to give up on the process.
“It’s so bizarre to me that they’re trying to railroad him without anybody knowing,” Roveta told MMA Junkie.
According to TDLR Director Brian Francis, the reason the fight result wasn’t changed was because referee Herb Dean’s ruling was “consistent with the rules and laws and therefore did not affect the outcome of the bout.”
For those who didn’t see what happened, the former UFC Lightweight Champion clocked Poirier with a trio of illegal knee strikes to the head, causing the end of the bout as Poirier was deemed unfit to continue.
Roveta also states that he never actually received a formal letter from the TDLR about their ruling, despite what the TDLR said.
“I never received the response on May 31,” Roveta said. “I had multiple conversations via telephone and email letting them know we were drafting a formal appeal and requesting as much information as possible on their appeals process and expected timelines.”
No matter the result of the appeal, the fighter on the receiving end of the knee strikes in Poirier would still like one more shot against Alvarez.