EXCLUSIVE | Eddie Alvarez Picks Either Dustin Poirier Or Charles Oliveira To Win Lightweight Gold Next

AlvarezONE Championship lightweight contender, Eddie Alvarez has laid claim to gold across the likes of BodogFIGHT, Bellator, and the UFC across his eighteen-year, and has predicted that either previous foe, Dustin Poirier or the surging, Charles Oliveira will be the next lightweight kingpin of his old UFC stomping-ground. Alvarez, who is currently preparing for a […]

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ONE Championship lightweight contender, Eddie Alvarez has laid claim to gold across the likes of BodogFIGHT, Bellator, and the UFC across his eighteen-year, and has predicted that either previous foe, Dustin Poirier or the surging, Charles Oliveira will be the next lightweight kingpin of his old UFC stomping-ground.

Alvarez, who is currently preparing for a high-stakes, potential title-eliminator against former title challenger, Iuri Lapicus in April at ONE on TNT I — may earn the opportunity to challenge current kingpin Christian Lee for the lightweight championship with a victory.

Set to make his return for the first time in over eighteen-months, Alvarez got off the mark at the second time of trying under his new banner — stopping former two-time gold holder, Eduard Folayang via a first round submission. Debuting under the Chatri Sityodtong led promotion back in March of 2019, Alvarez dropped a devastating knockout to Timofey Nastyukin at ONE Championship: A New Era.

With current undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov remaining firm on his stance to retire following his October win over Justin Gaethje — Alvarez picked either Poirier or Oliveira to emerge strapped with gold after the reign of Nurmagomdov comes to an end, or at the turn of the new year.

I think Dustin’s (Poirier) probably gonna end up with the belt,” Alvarez said during a recent interview with LowKick MMA reporter, Jordan Ellis. “I think either Dustin or (Charles) Oliveira — either one of them.

Earning his lightweight championship shot during his UFC run, Alvarez took decision wins over former Strikeforce 155-pound titleholder, Gilbert Melendez, and former WEC and UFC lightweight best, Anthony Pettis. Battling then-champion, Rafael dos Anjos during International Fight Week back in the summer of 2016, Alvarez entered the fight as a considerable underdog — before clinching the title with a first-round barrage, stopping the Brazilian with strikes at the fence. 

EXCLUSIVE | Eddie Alvarez: Christian Lee Isn’t Even The Best Lightweight In ONE

Eddie AlvarezEddie Alvarez has dismissed Christian Lee who has claimed he is the best lightweight fighter in MMA. The 22-year-old won the ONE Championship lightweight belt when he beat Shinya Aoki in 2019. Lee has since gone on to defend the strap twice and also won the ONE Championship Lightweight Grand Prix. In recent weeks the […]

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Eddie Alvarez has dismissed Christian Lee who has claimed he is the best lightweight fighter in MMA.

The 22-year-old won the ONE Championship lightweight belt when he beat Shinya Aoki in 2019.

Lee has since gone on to defend the strap twice and also won the ONE Championship Lightweight Grand Prix.

In recent weeks the youngster has been bold during his conversations with the media, declaring himself the best lightweight fighter in MMA.

“I don’t want to come off as cocky, but I do feel that I’m the best lightweight fighter in the entire world,” Lee told Asian MMA. “And that doesn’t mean just ONE Championship, that means every organization.”

Alvarez is a man who has won major titles in Bellator and the UFC.

‘The Underground King’ has shared the cage with the majority of the world’s best lightweight.

So who better to ask about Christian Lee and his place among the best lightweight fighters in MMA.

“I think he’s well-rounded. He’s good, but no. The best in the whole world? No, he’s not,” Alvarez told LowKickMMA. “He’s not even the best in ONE Championship. If they just let me fight him. He’ll understand that and so will the promotion.”

Alvarez believes he is just one fight away from earning a shot at ONE Championship gold.

The 37-year-old is set to face Iluri Lapicus on April 7 and expects winning this fight will be enough to cement his shot.

“I think that’s it (after I beat Lapicus). I beat the former champion, two-time champion Eduard Folayang. Iluri Lapicus, he’s number two. I believe he is ranked number two and then that’s it. I feel like that’s it,” Alvarez said. “I don’t feel the need to prove myself. I’ve beaten so many champions throughout my career. I don’t’ know what we are waiting on. I don’t know what I have to prove more. I can beat the best guys in the world. Put me in front of your champion and I’ll beat him.”

A few weeks after Alvarez fights the ONE Championship lightweight title will be on the line when Lee squares off against Timofey Nastyukhin – the last man to beat Alvarez, who believes this fight could go either way.

“I think Christian’s style. The way he comes forward. I think he has to just play that style and if he plays that style, I think he’ll do a lot better,” Alvarez said. “Forcing into a wrestling, grappling match is his best chance. I think if he stands up and tries to play that game I think Timofey is going to put him away. Christian has that really high pace right from the beginning, right from the gate, grappling at that sort of pace. He’s going to have to force that on Timofey and get him tired and take away that explosiveness. It could go either way. It’s a matter of who comes out more focused and who imposes their style the most. I wish them both the best of luck.

Do you agree with Eddie Alvarez? Is Christian Lee overestimating his position among elite level lightweight fighters?

EXCLUSIVE | Eddie Alvarez Praises Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Retirement Stance: Good For Him

AlvarezFor the longest time, the decorated Eddie Alvarez has maintained that he has the style to hand Khabib Nurmagomedov his first professional loss. Ultimately the pairing failed to ever come to fruition, with Khabib retiring from professional mixed martial arts while Alvarez now plys his trade in Singapore at ONE Championship.  Whilst we have never […]

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For the longest time, the decorated Eddie Alvarez has maintained that he has the style to hand Khabib Nurmagomedov his first professional loss. Ultimately the pairing failed to ever come to fruition, with Khabib retiring from professional mixed martial arts while Alvarez now plys his trade in Singapore at ONE Championship. 

Whilst we have never seen the two lightweight icons stand-opposite each other, Alvarez isn’t necessarily feeling sombre about that fact, wishing the undefeated UFC lightweight champion the best with his retirement. 

Submitting common-foe, Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi, UAE last October, Khabib cited the sad passing of his father, Abdulmanap as his reasoning for announcing a somewhat shocking retirement immediately after successfully unifying the lightweight titles. 

In the months since, UFC president, Dana White has consistently and transparently attempted to convince Khabib to make a retirement ‘u-turn’ in a bid for one final fight. Prior to UFC 257 in January, footage emerged of White openly floating potential pay-per-view numbers with Khabib if he were to return in a bad-blooded rematch with Conor McGregor — prior to the Dubliner’s knockout loss to Dustin Poirier on ‘Fight Island’.

Speaking with LowKick MMA reporter, Jordan Ellis recently, Alvarez touched on the retirement stance of Khabib — claiming he was happy to see him ride off into the sunset with his wallet full and at “peace” with himself.

Good on him (Khabib Nurmagomedov) man, good on him,” Alvarez said. “This is a dangerous life. It’s a stressful life. You know, I’ve been fighting since I was 19-years-old, I’m 37(-years-old now). When someone could be at peace with themselves and make the money he has, and get out of the danger of the sport, and the stress of the sport — I think it makes for a really good, really good situation.

My hat’s off to him, you know,” Alvarez said. “Not many people leave this sport wealthy, healthy, and intact — and have peace, you know. I feel like he’s one of the few guys who are going to be able to do that.

Preparing for his own comeback, the Philidelphia favourite has yet to feature in active-competition since August of 2019 where he took a first round rear-naked choke victory over former two-time ONE Championship lightweight titleholder, Eduard Folayang. 

Slated to return on April 7th. at ONE on TNT I — Alvarez matches up with one-time ONE Championship title challenger, Iuri Lapicus in a potential title-eliminator, beneath a rescheduled flyweight championship clash between incumbent gold holder, Adriano Martins and fellow former UFC titleholder, Demetrious Johnson. 

An eighteen-year professional, Alvarez has struck gold across the UFC, Bellator, and BodogFIGHT — with the likes of Tatsuya Kawajiri, Toby Imada, Josh Neer, Roger Huerta, Pat Curran, Shinya Aoki, Patricky Freire, Michael Chandler, Gilbert Melendez, Anthony Pettis, Rafael dos Anjos, and the above mentioned Gaethje littered on a star-studded professional résumé. 

Eddie Alvarez Explains How Poirier Made McGregor ‘Panic’ At UFC 257

Eddie Alvarez believes Dustin Poirier used short sprints of activity which frustrated Conor McGregor and eventually got the TKO win. Early on in the UFC 257 main event, Dustin Poirier shot for a takedown early and then, at times, used a flurry of punch…

Eddie Alvarez believes Dustin Poirier used short sprints of activity which frustrated Conor McGregor and eventually got the TKO win. Early on in the UFC 257 main event, Dustin Poirier shot for a takedown early and then, at times, used a flurry of punches and leg kicks before backing off. According to Eddie Alvarez, Poirier […]

Michael Chandler Wants To Prove He’s Most Violent Guy Against Justin Gaethje

Chandler GaethjeWho is the UFC’s most violent fighter? Michael Chandler wants to prove it’s him. Chandler enjoyed a dream promotional debut when he defeated Dan Hooker via first-round TKO in the co-main event of UFC 257 earlier this month. It put him right into the title picture mix with some observers calling for him to fight […]

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Who is the UFC’s most violent fighter? Michael Chandler wants to prove it’s him.

Chandler enjoyed a dream promotional debut when he defeated Dan Hooker via first-round TKO in the co-main event of UFC 257 earlier this month.

It put him right into the title picture mix with some observers calling for him to fight for the vacant title next. Whether that will happen remains to be seen for now.

However, Chandler is willing to fight other contenders for the time being and is targeting Justin Gaethje next. And the former Bellator lightweight champion is also hoping to cement his status as the new most violent guy in the UFC in the process.

“You had a guy who I tangled with a couple times named Eddie Alvarez, who beat Justin Gaethje whenever they fought for the unofficial title of Most Violent Guy in mixed martial arts…,” Chandler told ESPN.

“I think I’m the new most violent guy in the UFC. If Justin Gaethje wants to prove that, he’s gonna need to step in the Octagon against me.”

Chandler, of course, is referring to Gaethje’s third-round knockout defeat to Alvarez when they fought at UFC 218 back in December 2017. Leading up to that fight, it was dubbed a clash for the most violent fighter in the UFC accolade which Alvarez ended up earning.

And based on Chandler’s performance against Hooker, a fight with Gaethje certainly promises plenty of violence.

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Eddie Alvarez: I’m The Only Man Who Can Beat Khabib

Eddie Alvarez believes he is the only fight that would make sense for Khabib Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement. 29 men have tried to topple the unbeaten and seemingly flawless UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and all have failed. As th…

Eddie Alvarez believes he is the only fight that would make sense for Khabib Nurmagomedov to come out of retirement. 29 men have tried to topple the unbeaten and seemingly flawless UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and all have failed. As the speculation of whether or not Khabib will pursue a 30-0 record spreads, in […]