Eddie Alvarez is without question the best 155lbs fighter not in the UFC. But that wait is close to being over, or at least it was until Alvarez suffered a concussion in training last week.
Alvarez was to fight the final fight on his Bellator MMA contract this weekend. He was set to face former Bellator champion Michael Chandler to complete their already legendary trilogy. Win or lose, Alvarez was to be a free agent come Sunday morning but as he’s unable to fulfill the commitment, Alvarez and fight fans will have to wait a while longer before they can see the 30 year old Blackzillian fighter finally face the best fighter in the world in the UFC.
Alvarez holds a professional record of 25-3 with 21 of his fights coming via knockout or submission so it’s safe to say he’s a finisher. His relentless go-go style has won him fans (and a couple titles) every stop in his MMA career but being outside of the UFC has denied him true stardom that comes with fighting in the top MMA organization in the world.
We’ve been fans of Eddie for years; in fact, Alvarez was the first BodogFight welterweight champion. He earned the title when he KO’d an overwhelmed Derrick Noble at just 1:01 of the first round of their BodogFight: USA vs. Russia fight in Vancouver.
Alvarez fought at 170lbs despite being a true lightweight. He relished the challenge of beating up bigger fighters. That caught up with him when he faced MMA veteran and a very large welterweight in Nick Thompson. Alvarez size advantage was exposed as he suffered a TKO loss when the two fought for the BodogFight title in Russia. It was the first loss of his career.
Despite the loss, you could tell early that the young Alvarez had start potential. His boxing was blinding, his wrestling was smothering and his personality made him a very likeable guy.
After BodogFight disbanded, Alvarez was well on his way to winning the first ever Dream lightweight grand prix but was forced out of the final because an eye injury.
Then came Bellator, it’s been Alvarez’s home for the past five years. He’s beaten everyone they’ve put in front of him, albeit it he had to avenge his loss to Michael Chandler.
Alvarez’s superstardom is bubbling, we get the feeling that once he’s free from his Bellator contract and signs a deal with UFC, Alvarez could become a household name with a combination of his skills and the UFC’s ability to push fighters. We’ve waited too long to see Alvarez against the best but unfortunately we’ll have to wait a little bit longer.