Eddie Alvarez’ Career Comes Full Circle With ONE Debut in Japan

ONE Championship lightweight contender Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez will be thousands of miles away from his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he makes his highly-anticipated promotional debut in Tokyo on March 31. The 35-year-old multiple-time Mixed Martial Arts World Champion is scheduled to face Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin in the quarter-final round of the ONE […]

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ONE Championship lightweight contender Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez will be thousands of miles away from his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he makes his highly-anticipated promotional debut in Tokyo on March 31.

The 35-year-old multiple-time Mixed Martial Arts World Champion is scheduled to face Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin in the quarter-final round of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix, set for ONE: A NEW ERA — ONE Championship’s first ever event in Japan.

But Asia is far from a foreign environment for the American. In fact, it holds a special spot in his heart as the place where he first made his mark as professional martial artist.

Alvarez’s star truly began to shine when he competed in Japanese promotion Dream’s Grand Prix tournament, where he made his mark on the global martial arts scene with the kind of eye-catching knockouts that he would later become renowned for, including an emphatic finish of Japanese local hero Tatsuya Kawajiri in 2008.

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Over 10 years later, “The Underground King” will return to a city that he openly admits holds plenty of sentimental value.

“I’ve never felt more appreciated in my life than back in 2008 when I fought for the Asian community, I never felt more appreciated for what I do and the hard work I put in,” said Alvarez.

“The Underground King” recently became one of the soaring Asian promotion’s hottest properties after his groundbreaking shift East which made headlines late last year. News of Alvarez signing was followed by ONE Championship’s acquisitions of Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who also makes his promotional debut at ONE: A NEW ERA.

“I’d love to give the Japanese fans what they want – I owe a lot to them,” he added.

The 35-year-old Alvarez wants to ensure his homecoming of sorts is a victorious one against the hard-hitting Nastyukhin. He is wrapping up what looks to be an intense training camp. With less than three weeks to go to the event, Alvarez is ready.

Nastyukhin, however, is never one to back down from a war. The 29-year-old swings as hard as anyone in ONE’s talent-rich lightweight division and a string of victims in his wake exist as proof.

Fortunately for martial arts fans, Alvarez shares those exact qualities. Alvarez has built his decorated legacy on a willingness to trade shots, constant pressure, and to deliver show-stopping knockouts.

The pieces of the puzzle add up to what promises to be a show-stealing bout at the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena in what will be ONE’s inaugural event in Japan.

You can expect plenty of fireworks when the Alvarez and Nastyukhin square off on March 31, in a showdown that has the potential to wind up as Bout of the Night.

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Eddie Alvarez On A Mission For The ONE Lightweight World Title

Multiple-time lightweight World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez has made it very clear since he joined ONE Championship that he is on the hunt for the ONE Lightweight World Title. Heading into his first bout with the promotion against Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin at ONE: A NEW ERA, Alvarez takes the initial step towards his […]

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Multiple-time lightweight World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez has made it very clear since he joined ONE Championship that he is on the hunt for the ONE Lightweight World Title.

Heading into his first bout with the promotion against Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin at ONE: A NEW ERA, Alvarez takes the initial step towards his goal.

The pair of knockout artists are set to lock horns in the quarter-final round of the highly-anticipated ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix, which takes place 31 March at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.

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While Alvarez has dominated the North American martial arts promotions, winning the World Title in each of the major organizations, “The Underground King” has his eyes set on the only title he has yet to capture.

“I have traveled the world in the last 15 years fighting the best guys I can get my hands on everywhere,” Alvarez said.

“I have won every single World Title from every major organization and ONE Championship is the only organization that I don’t have their World Title.”

Make no mistake about it. The 35-year-old journeyman is coming for the ONE Championship belt, and according to him, it’s only a matter of time until he is able to wrap it around his waist.

“I am coming here to win MY World Title,” Alvarez said.

“I have made some space on my shelf for the ONE Championship belt. I know the fighters are tough and this group understands the integrity of the sport and what it means to be a martial artist and I want to be a part of that.”

Taking on Nastyukhin however, Alvarez is faced with a very tough challenge against the most dangerous opponent ONE could find. This matchup was certainly no coincidence. In fact, Alvarez had repeatedly pleaded for ONE to give him the most difficult opponent ever for his first foray into the promotion.

“Like I said before, I’ll fight anyone, whoever the baddest, toughest, most dangerous guy that’s who I want,” Alvarez concluded.

“Take me to him and we will have a good fight.”

If Alvarez defeats Nastyukhin, he will be one step closer to reaching his goal. Waiting in the second round of the tournament is Hawaii’s Lowen Tynanes. Needless to say, it won’t be an easy road to the top and Alvarez would have it no other way.

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Eddie Alvarez Encourages Fighters to Test Free Agency

Eddie Alvarez will be making his ONE Championship debut at the end of the month at ONE Championship: A New Era on March 31st, taking on Timofey Nastyukhin at the event. This will be Alvarez’s first fight outside of the UFC in over five years. Alvarez a…

Eddie Alvarez will be making his ONE Championship debut at the end of the month at ONE Championship: A New Era on March 31st, taking on Timofey Nastyukhin at the event. This will be Alvarez’s first fight outside of the UFC in over five years. Alvarez acknowledge prior to his last UFC fight against Dustin […]

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ONE Championship A New Era: Previewing the Biggest and Best Fights Set for Tokyo

UFC 235 was a strong card and the UFC will undoubtedly have more stacked events as 2019 progresses, but ONE Championship is entering a bid for Event of the Year with their March 31 card in Tokyo…

UFC 235 was a strong card and the UFC will undoubtedly have more stacked events as 2019 progresses, but ONE Championship is entering a bid for Event of the Year with their March 31 card in Tokyo…

Dana White Responds To Eddie Alvarez’s Interim Title Criticism

Dana White responds to the criticism from former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez over interim titles. This comes after Alvarez went on record earlier this week by expressing his belief that the UFC uses its interim title belts as a sick joke and are a serious problem that should be addressed. The UFC President recently […]

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Dana White responds to the criticism from former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez over interim titles.

This comes after Alvarez went on record earlier this week by expressing his belief that the UFC uses its interim title belts as a sick joke and are a serious problem that should be addressed.

The UFC President recently reacted to these comments while speaking with the media during UFC 235 fight week.

“Everybody who is up here today, whoever wins that belt, they move into the title fight, White said. “And I saw some talk the other day from Eddie Alvarez. I like Eddie, I have a great relationship with Eddie, but he was talking about how, you give interim titles so you don’t have to pay the guys so much or some weird comment like that.

“When you win the interim title belt, you’re looked at as the titleholder,” White said. “So when you go into a title fight, both guys share in the pay-per-view revenue. If you’re a contender without the interim title, you don’t. So, there’s nothing bad about holding an interim belt going into a title fight.”

Alvarez went 4-3 with one no contest during his time with the UFC after signing with the promotion in 2014. Now, he’s under contract with ONE Championship. He’s slated to be part of upcoming World Grand Prix Lightweight Tournament.

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Quote: Conor McGregor Can’t Overcome Khabib’s Style

A former foe of Conor McGregor doesn’t believe the “Notorious” one will ever be able to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov. Back in Oct. 2018, McGregor and Nurmagomedov clashed in the biggest pay-per-view in mixed martial arts history. McGreg…

A former foe of Conor McGregor doesn’t believe the “Notorious” one will ever be able to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov. Back in Oct. 2018, McGregor and Nurmagomedov clashed in the biggest pay-per-view in mixed martial arts history. McGregor ended up being submitted by the lightweight champion in the fourth round. For the most part, it was […]

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